Mon 8 Oct, 2018

Scotland can no longer take comfort in the limited actions already promised while pretending the fossil fuel economy can carry on as usual. Patrick Harvie MSP

Scotland’s response to the damning IPCC report on climate change must be to convene a summit of political and civic leaders says Patrick Harvie.

The Scottish Greens’ co-convener says that such a meeting should take the need for rapid transition to a post-oil economy as its starting point, and have no limit set on the proposals for progress that are put forward.

The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report makes clear that stabilising the mean surface temperature of the world requires countries to set targets for net-zero CO2 emissions with rapid reductions in other greenhouse gas emissions, such as methane. The Scottish Government is currently aiming for just 90% of greenhouse gas emissions.

The benefits of lifestyle changes such as cycling and walking are also cited in the report. Transport emissions are rising year-on-year in Scotland, with cycle journeys having fallen by 6.5% over a five-year period.

Harvie, Glasgow’s Green MSP, said:

“We’ve always challenged the government to go further in its response to dangerous climate change. However this report from an internationally respected organisation makes clear the urgent need for all nations to transform their economies to achieve zero-carbon.

“Scotland wants to be seen as a leader, and that means going further and faster than merely our 'fair share' of effort. Crucially, Scotland can no longer take comfort in the limited actions already promised while pretending the fossil fuel economy can carry on as usual.

“The First Minister’s response should be to convene a summit of political and civic leaders throughout Scotland. The meeting should see no limit set on our ambitions, where Scottish Greens will make the case for creating a net-zero CO2 target for 2040, transformation in failing areas like transport and agriculture, and public-led investment in the post-oil economy of the future.

“Every aspect of business-as-usual politics must be challenged, and the Greens are ready to set out the positive ideas our future needs.”

 

Get involved

More like this

Climate Weak: Scot Gov claim to be world leader is becoming absurd

Mark Ruskell MSP Mon 1 Oct, 2018

This week the Scottish Government is running a five-day "Climate Week", no doubt celebratory in tone, but there are three key areas where their claims of being a “world leader in climate change” are becoming absurd.

Climate reputation will be a sham warns Harvie

Thu 27 Sep, 2018

The government’s reputation on tackling climate change will be branded a sham if it continues to give the fossil fuel industry the message that it should “keep on drilling” says Patrick Harvie.

Citing a report by the Committee on Climate Change at First Minister’s Question, Harvie, the Scottish Greens’ co-convener, criticised the government for its lack of action in cutting transport, agriculture, forestry and land use emissions.

Listening to calls for stronger action on climate change

Alison Johnstone MSP Mon 24 Sep, 2018

Last week I was pleased to meet constituents from across Lothian region to listen to their calls for stronger action on climate change.

Members of the public from every region of Scotland took part and called on their MSPs to strengthen the new Climate Change Bill being considered by the Scottish Parliament. The Mass Climate Lobby was organised by Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS), a coalition of civil society organisations campaigning together on climate change.