Tue 10 Sep, 2019

The Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy failed to identify any implications for crofting of the climate emergency. 

Following her declaration of a climate emergency in April, the First Minister indicated that the Scottish Government would review all its policies, yet under questioning from Scottish Greens Rural and Island Communities Spokesperson John Finnie MSP, Mr Ewing failed to identify any issues in relation to crofting. 

John Finnie MSP said: 

“The First Minister declared a climate emergency in April, indicating that her government would review all of its policies, yet here we are six months down the line and her senior ministers seem unaware of the review or any issues it has identified. 

“Crofting is a vital part of rural economy in the Highlands and Islands, but it is also one of the area’s most vulnerable to the climate emergency. Crofts will play a pivotal role in our response to the climate crisis and we know that many are already taking this responsibility extremely seriously, this makes it all the more disappointing that the Cabinet Secretary doesn’t seem to recognise this good work.” 

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