The message delivered at Low Carbon Scotland on Tuesday this week was clear: we’ve gauged the seriousness of the situation and are at the edge of the cliff – but jumping off it in panic won’t solve anything. Rather, pursuing an urgent but considered transition through partnership and co-operation between politicians and the public and private sectors can achieve decisive, radical change. The Low Carbon Scotland conference, entitled Driving the Transition to a Zero-Carbon Economy, was a unique opportunity to hear from those leading and driving the policies and proposals that will influence its future. The first session of the event, in partnership with The Herald’s Climate for Change campaign, was chaired by Rob Edwards, former Environment Editor of the Sunday Herald and Director of the Investigative Journalism Co-operative, who told the 225 delegates the extent of the challenge had been highlighted that day when Deirdre Michie, chief executive of Oil and Gas UK, warned that the industry must address the “real and present danger” of climate change. Low carbon technologies will transform the global economy and the message was that these opportunities must be seized quickly – or we risk being left behind. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said at the annual United Nations climate change conference in Bonn in November 2017 that: “Our ambitions must live up to the scale of the challenge, and our actions must live up to our ambitions”.
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