St John Ogilvie Pupils Join Monica in the Fight for Climate Justice

S6 pupils from St John Ogilvie High School, Dominic McGrory and Latifa Yakubu were invited to speak at local MSP Monica Lennon’s launch for her proposed bill which would see big polluters jailed for between 10 and 20 years.

In a public consultation launched by Monica, she is seeking the Scottish public’s views on plans to make their country the first UK nation to enforce ecocide law with tough sanctions acting as a deterrent to eco-criminals.

Head boy Dominic delivered a speech discussing the importance of preventing further environmental damage in Scotland.

Monica commented,

“It was brilliant to have Dominic and Latifa’s powerful contributions today at the launch of my proposed bill consultation. Young people are at the heart of fighting against the climate and nature emergency- both Dominic and Latifa have been taking action locally. 

 

An ecocide law aims to prevent the worst harm to our planet from happening in the first place and to do so we need much tougher laws and enforcement. I’m pleased to be launching this public consultation today and welcome views from people from all communities, sectors and perspectives.”

 

S6 Pupil Dominic McGrory commented:

“In the six years I have attended St John Ogilvie High School, there has been a rapid shift from the term “climate change” to us now existing in what is known as a climate emergency.

“We all must act now to ensure that future generations thrive, and this Ecocide bill proposed by Labour’s Monica Lennon will act as a deterrent to protect from any deliberate harm done to the environment and as a warning that we will no longer tolerate these crimes to the planet”.

The consultation opens today Wednesday 8 November and runs for 14 weeks until Friday 9 February 2024. You can respond to the public consultation here .