East Lothian Council to its credit is taking such a threat seriously, last year approving a climate change strategy limited to 2025 knowing that it will need update in burst. It is taking a two-pronged approach looking at both Climate Change Mitigation and Climate Change Adaptation. Officials have been charged with helping it become Net Carbon Zero by 2045, but their efforts are extending far beyond that. Among the initiatives are actions on active and sustainable travel, energy efficient buildings, a route to zero waste, developing a low carbon sustainable economy and more including exciting plans to develop an East Lothian Climate Forest. The lead here must come from the Scottish Government. Not just on the climate crisis but for biodiversity, climate education and a proper mechanism of climate funding for councils and other organisations. There are signs of progress. Mairi McAllan’s appointment as Minister for Environment, Biodiversity and Land Reform promises much, Mairi Gougeon in Rural Affairs, Michael Matheson in Net Zero, Energy and Transport, in tandem with Finance and Economy Secretary Kate Forbes and Humza Yousaf in Health suggests a joined-up approach.
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