Clearer plans are needed on how climate change will be tackled, according to Holyrood’s environment committee. It says the Scottish government needs “well-defined plans” on achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions as part of its Climate Change Bill. The Scottish government has committed to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045, five years ahead of the UK as a whole. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has also declared a “climate emergency”. The environment committee carried out a review as the Climate Change Bill is about to enter its second stage at Holyrood. It followed net-zero recommendations from the UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC) – which, so far, only Scotland has acted on. The committee backed the Scottish government’s commitment but said there still needed to be a raised level of ambition across all sectors. Committee convener Gillian Martin said: “While the targets are challenging we need to focus on the opportunities and benefits of early action and we need to support those most impacted in making the transition. This is why we have called for a higher level of ambition across all sectors and for clearer plans to be put in place for every sector so we ensure that our generation can address the catastrophic harm being done to our natural environment.”
BBC 5th June 2019 read more »
A group of environmental activists chained themselves to the Scottish Parliament building to urge “radical” action over climate change. The Extinction Rebellion group sent keys to each of Holyrood’s parties in a bid to force them to discuss policy. They were successful, with MSPs including Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham coming out to speak to them – and unchain them. The group said emissions targets were “nowhere near ambitious enough”. Ms Cunningham told them that the government was “working very, very hard” and had some of the “most ambitious” targets in the world. The protesters used bike locks around their necks to attach themselves to the facade of the Scottish Parliament building, near the public entrance. They sent the keys for the locks to senior MSPs from each of Holyrood’s parties, along with a note calling for “radical cuts in emissions”. They said the current Climate Bill being considered at Holyrood – which targets net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 – was “nowhere near ambitious enough to minimise the risk of catastrophic climate change”, adding that “a target of 2045 is tantamount to accepting ecocide”.
BBC 4th June 2019 read more »
Scotsman 4th June 2019 read more »
The National 4th June 2019 read more »
Times 5th June 2019 read more »