Sustainability Action Canvases

Over the course of weekend 3, each table in the Assembly created an ‘action canvas’ identifying key challenges/obstacles and opportunities to building a sustainable Scotland, a priority area of action to achieve this and the hard choices and trade-offs associated with the priority area identified. 

The canvases give a snapshot of what Assembly members thought might be appropriate in responding to the priority statement The kind of Scotland we are seeking to build will be a sustainable society where we balance our environmental, economic and social impact for the good of the country and its citizens, based on the evidence presented to them.  

These canvases illustrate the kind of progress that can be made through deliberative processes.

 

The Canvases

Action Canvas 1: We want to help build an equal society where workers have fair work and pay conditions and a tax system that taxes wealth more fairly. Members' vote on support for this action

Action Canvas 2: Every business needs to comply with new eco-laws which serve the need of citizens first and foremost and that include free, accessible public transport, an affective environmental tax system and the requirement for all new homes to be eco homes that are accessible via a government issued eco mortgage issued at a preferential rate to support access to the housing ladder. Members' vote on support for this action

Action Canvas 3: Affordable and improved state owned public transport that is a joined up, country-wide policy. Members' vote on support for this action

Action Canvas 4: Fairer use of personal and corporate tax to redistribute wealth and using tax as an incentive and disincentive for environment sustainability. Members vote on support for this action

Action Canvas 5: Build an energy efficient country. Members vote on support for this action

Action Canvas 6: Investing and harnessing Scotland’s renewable energy potential. Members vote on support for this action

Action Canvas 7: To re-shape employment regulations such as abolishing zero-hours contracts and private employment agencies and to ensure everyone has good and fair work that meets their needs and invests in their development. Members vote on support for this action

Action Canvas 8: The government needs to raise monies to meet the opportunities of a sustainable country. This could be done through taxation: locally, nationally and to companies; investing in and rewarding positive behaviour; penalising negative behaviour.  Members vote on support for this action

Action Canvas 9: Create positive destinations for all of our young people. Members vote on support for this action

Action Canvas 10: That every citizen must be better educated and informed about why their actions are essential to maintain our beautiful, green country.  Members vote on support for this action

Action Canvas 11: Transport: addressing this encapsulates many of the problems we have:  obesity, isolation, climate change. Members vote on support for this action

Action Canvas 12: To build on Scotland’s National Performance Framework by further investing in sustainable development science and technology in Scottish manufacturing. Members vote on support for this action 

Action Canvas 13: A 30 year National Plan which politicians from every party signs up to. The plan will deliver a sustainable country balancing environment, economic and social impact for the good of the country and its citizens. There will be specific milestones and targets for politicians at all levels from national down to local authorities. Members vote on support for this action

Action Canvas 14Change the economic balance by changing the tax system. Members vote on support for this action

Action Canvases 1-14 altogether

Support for each of the action statements