Sunday, 21 October 2012

The Twitter Calm Before The Twitter Storm #gyat

The following is taken from Stop Climate Change Chaos - Scotland's "Get Your Act Together" briefing sheet, with further suggestions below:


“Get Your Act Together” is an exciting and important opportunity for people across Scotland to make
sure the Scottish Climate Change Act becomes climate action.

People from all parts of the country will come together at the Scottish Parliament at lunchtime on
Thursday 25th October 2012 for a mass lobby to tell MSPs to ‘Get Your Act together!’.

It is three years since the Parliament unanimously passes the Scottish Climate Change Act 2009, the
world’s strongest climate legislation. Unfortunately, the Scottish Government has failed to meet it’s
very first (and not particularly challenging) target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the Act.

We will come together from across Scotland to show our politicians that we care about climate
change and that the Government must deliver on the Scottish Climate Act.

If you can’t join us at Parliament on 25th October, you can still get involved via our Twitter storm that lunchtime – find out how to get involved by reading on.

The mass lobby event

Where - Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh
When - Thursday 25th October, 12.45 – 2.15pm
Why – People across Scotland coming together to ask MSPs to keep their promise to reduce
emissions, as outlined in the Scottish Climate Change Act

Twitter storm

The “Get Your Act Together” (#gyat) Twitter storm will allow you to play your own unique role in
climate action for Scotland, even if you can’t be at Scottish Parliament in person on 25th October. We need you to tweet as much as you can between 12.45pm and 2.15pm on the day using the #gyat
hashtag to show MSPs that more needs to be done on climate change. The tweets will be shown on
a large screen in the Parliament where the event is taking place.

Top tips

Don’t forget to use #gyat in your tweets building up to and during the lobby – this will
spread the word about the Twitter storm and enable other people to join the conversation.

If you can’t be at the event in person to speak to your MSP, why not tweet them directly
using #gyat with your comments – many MSPs are on Twitter. This list by SCIAF may help
you find yours -!/sciaf/msps

Stop Climate Chaos Scotland will tweet the arrival of each MSP, so keep an eye out for yours

You’ll see lots of #gyat blogs, news articles, videos and other content. If you share some of
your favourites we can widen the spread of our call for climate action

Why not send out tweets with your location and #gyat to demonstrate the desire for
climate action across Scotland to our MSPs;

Sample Tweets – between 12.45-2.15pm on Thursday 25th October

I’m calling on my MSP (e.g. @murdo_fraser) to get the Government to 'Get Your Act
together!' #gyat on climate change
I want my MSPs to ‘Get your Act together!’ #gyat, it’s time get serious about reducing
I am from Skye and I want climate action. Do you? #gyat
Can’t make it from Skye to Scottish Parliament today but asking my politicians to ‘Get your
Act together!’ on climate change! #gyat
I’d like my MSP (e.g. @murdo_fraser) to write to the First Minister highlighting the need for
more action on climate change #gyat
I support the ‘Get your Act together!’ #gyat mass climate lobby today at Parliament.
Check out the ‘Get your Act together!’ video for the @scccoalition mass lobby today:

For more information, contact:

Gail Wilson, Stop Climate Chaos Scotland Co-ordinator
2 Lochside View, Edinburgh, EH12 9DH,
Tel: 0131 317 4112, Email:
Stop Climate Chaos Scotland is a charity, registered in Scotland, no SC039643

Further Suggestions from EcoWarriorMe:

In addition to the above sample tweets, consider highlighting things you have done or are doing to reduce your carbon footprint and suggesting local initiatives that government could support. Remember to include not only your local MSP but also your regional MSPs, here is the list for Glasgow:

Ruth Davidson - @RuthDavidsonMSP
Bob Doris - @GlasgowMSP
Patrick Harvie - @patrickharvie
Hanzala Malik - @Hanzala_Malik
Anne McTaggart - @AnMcTMSP
Drew Smith - @Drewsm1th
Humza Yousaf - @HumzaYousaf

If you have list of other regional MSPs and their twitter accounts, please add them as a comment below.

Finally, if you have to work during the twitter storm, you could use a free account at SocialOomph which lets you set up your tweets in advance, ready to be released on Thursday lunchtime.

Happy Tweeting!

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