Patrick Harvie, Scottish Green MSP for Glasgow, is urging the Scottish Government to adopt bold policies for a low-carbon economy in response to today's communique from leading scientists calling for action on climate change.
An unprecedented coalition of eminent UK bodies says governments must act to avert the worst impacts of climate change, while seizing economic opportunities and protecting public health.
Patrick Harvie MSP said:
"Scotland is in an amazing position to show real leadership on this issue with our abundant renewable resources but we have yet to see the step-change required in our transport, our housing and our land use. The Scottish Government, which has missed the first four years of climate change targets, has the opportunity to rebuild its credibility by showing it is serious about the bold policies required to lead the way.
"A low carbon economy is good for jobs and good for public health. Scottish ministers can help influence a global deal at the Paris summit at the end of this year by moving faster and going further on a transition here at home. Today's call from the scientific community underlines the need for effective policies and international commitment."