Scottish ministers have been criticised for accepting £5m from Shell to help fund a tree-planting programme as part of its climate strategy. The oil company said it would give the government agency Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) the money to plant or regenerate 1m trees in Scotland to help offset about 20% of its petrol and diesel sales at UK service stations. The Scottish Green party said Shell’s pledge raised challenging questions about the Scottish government’s commitments to tackling the climate emergency, after Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister, promised the country would cut its carbon emissions to net zero by 2045. “This is not meaningful action to address the climate crisis, it is greenwashing, pure and simple,” said Andy Wightman, the Scottish Greens’ land reform spokesman. He said the Scottish National party had allowed BP and Heathrow airport to sponsor its conference in Aberdeen, which finished on Tuesday with a renewed commitment from Sturgeon to lead the world on tackling the climate emergency. “Governments which are really serious about the climate crisis should have nothing to do with private offset schemes run by oil majors,” he said.
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THE SNP has been accused of lacking all credibility after raffling a car at its party conference despite Nicola Sturgeon declaring a climate emergency. After a series of ministers stressed the need to cut carbon emissions, the party gave away a five-door Peugeot 208 as the top prize in a fundraiser. The winner, Falkirk activist Patricia Simpson, was announced from the conference stage just minutes after Transport Secretary Michael Matheson spoke at a fringe on driving less to cut air pollution.
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