Climate change summit can be turning point for Scotland's climate leadership

Scotland can show the climate leadership that is so vital.

A summit of all parties from across the Scottish Parliament, as well as civil society, campaign groups and NGOs, can be a turning point in building Scotland's climate leadership, say the Scottish Greens.

The summit, announced this morning by the First Minister, is something that Scottish Greens have called for. On 22 June 2023 the Party's environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell used a Question to urge the First Minister to call for "a climate conversation later this year bringing together those focused on action to speed up the journey to a greener, fairer future."

Responding to the First Minister's announcement, Mr Ruskell committed his party’s support and said:

"This is climate leadership and the Scottish Greens are proud to support it. This can be a turning point in delivering the scale of climate action that is so vital.

“The climate crisis is the greatest crisis that humanity has ever faced. It is our future on the line. In Scotland we are taking big strides with Scottish Greens in government, but we will need to go even further.

“We need as many ideas, perspectives, innovations and solutions as possible to speed up action, and this summit can be a key part of that process. 

“That means bringing together MSPs from all parties with climate campaigners, local community groups, youth led protestors and other organisations and building a real strength of agreement and consensus.

“It has been a summer of climate chaos, with wildfires and record temperatures. The situation is urgent. We need all governments to engage and to take bold climate action. Scotland can lead by example as we make a transition to a fairer, greener future.”