Scottish Greens Parliamentary Co-Leader Alison Johnstone MSP has today (2 May) called on the Scottish Government to take urgent action in the face of the climate emergency.
Last year climate scientists warned that we have just a decade to deliver the change needed to avoid a climate catastrophe, and today new guidance was issued to the Scottish Government by the Committee on Climate Change, its statutory advisor.
Ms Johnstone asked the First Minister what action the Scottish Government plan to take in the next year given the urgent nature of the emergency.
Alison Johnstone MSP said:
“I welcome the announcement that the Scottish Government will accept the new targets proposed by the Climate Change Committee. However, an emergency demands immediate action. Last year the world’s climate scientists warned that we have just a decade to deliver the change needed to avoid a climate catastrophe, yet the First Minister was reluctant to name any specific policy change that would be implemented immediately.
“Now that the Scottish Government has declared a climate emergency, it is time to scrap the unfair and environmentally damaging proposal to cut taxes for wealthy frequent flyers and instead invest in everyday transport like buses, trains, walking and cycling.”