Climate Change MSc students quiz Westminster parliamentarians

A group of Heriot-Watt Climate Change MSc students have had an opportunity to ask politicians and government scientists directly how the UK parliament was tackling the issues of energy and climate change.

The students, from SLS, EPS, MACS and SML, have all been taking a course in €˜Climate Change: Mitigation and Adaptation Measures'. The Westminster opportunity was part of a now annual event organized by Heriot-Watt graduate, honorary graduate and long-term supporter Lord Martin O'Neill of Clackmannan (BA Economics, HWU and Honorary Doctorate, 2010).

The students had the opportunity to interview a group of high-powered speakers, including Caroline Spelman, MP (until 2012, Secretary of State at DEFRA); Charles Miller, MP (until 2012, Minister of State, DECC, and a visiting Professor at University of Edinburgh), Andrew Miller, MP (Chair of the Select Committee on Science and Technology); Professor Lord Hunt of Chesterton (a highly respected scientist in the House of Lords); and Professor David Cope (until 2012, Director of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology).