Tue 20 Oct, 2020

The Scottish Government needs to bring more than boasts about targets to COP26 next year Mark Ruskell

The Scottish Government must commit to international climate justice ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow, the Scottish Greens have said.

The call comes during Global Climate Change Week as a new report from the Stop Climate Chaos coalition highlights the need for targeted financial support for countries in the global south who are most impacted by climate change.

Scottish Greens environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP said:

“This report serves as an important reminder of the Scottish Government’s international responsibilities when it comes to climate justice. The fact is that those most affected by the climate emergency are usually those who have done the least to cause it.

“Scottish ministers have recently admitted that it is climate breakdown that is wreaking havoc with out infrastructure, but that is nothing compared to the floods and drought, food shortages, and forced migration experienced by the global south in recent years. In that context, the Scottish Government’s eye-catching targets to reduce emissions are scarce comfort to those already living with the impact of years of inaction by the world’s richest countries.

“The Scottish Government needs to bring more than boasts about targets to COP26 next year. It needs to come with solutions to rapidly cut emissions at home and hard cash for targeted adaptation funds for the most vulnerable countries.”


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