Tue 16 Jul, 2019

“My message to the Scottish Parliament is, I think, the same as to every Parliament – that they are not doing nearly enough" Greta Thunberg

The Scottish Greens have welcomed a challenge set by climate activist Greta Thunberg that MSPs should “step up their game” in tackling climate change.

The Swedish climate strike leader was presented with an environmental award by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society for inspiring children across the globe to campaign vocally for action from politicians to address the climate emergency.

“It is important that older people and the people in power listen to young people,” Greta Thunberg said.

She added: “My message to the Scottish Parliament is, I think, the same as to every Parliament – that they are not doing nearly enough and that they need to really step up their game and realise what is at stake. It is a question of life and death.”

Responding, Scottish Green MSP Andy Wightman said: “We welcome this challenge from Greta Thunberg. She’s absolutely right, we should be listening to our young people who are concerned about their future.

“The Scottish Government have declared a climate emergency, so it is incumbent on them to start doing something about it.

“Only last week the committee for climate change reported a lack of action to meet its targets, and then Oil and Gas authorities opened up vast parts of the North Sea for new fossil fuel exploration.

“If we’re serious about tackling the climate emergency, we need to begin a Just Transition right away.

“Greta Thunberg and our young people clearly have a different definition of the word ‘emergency’ than the Scottish Government, and they deserve to be listened to.”


Image from the European Parliament

Get involved

More like this

SNP reforesting plan paid for by oil giant

Tue 15 Oct, 2019

The Scottish Government’s meagre attempts to reforest Scotland is being paid for by an oil giant, it has emerged.

On the same day as Nicola Sturgeon spoke at an SNP conference sponsored by BP, Shell tweeted that it is using Scotland’s public reforesting programme to offset its vast levels of pollution.

The multinational fossil fuel extractor confirmed it will fund public body Forestry and Land Scotland to generate carbon credits.

National investment bank must drive net zero efforts and empower local government

Fri 27 Sep, 2019

The new Scottish National Investment Bank must drive efforts to tackle the climate emergency and local government must have a stake, the Scottish Greens have said.

In the first debate on new laws to establish the institution, Scottish Green local government and communities spokesperson Andy Wightman called for the proposed law to have more vision, by placing its mission to fund a transition to net zero on the face of the bill.

He also called for councils to have a stake in the bank.

Reforestation rate is woefully inadequate

Thu 26 Sep, 2019

The Scottish Government is hailing a tree planting strategy that will will take 150 years to reach EU average.

Latest forestry stats show that only 18.7% of Scotland is forested, while the European average of tree cover is 40%.

Despite reforestation being essential in capturing carbon and tackling the Climate Emergency, the Scottish Government’s target is for 21% cover by 2032.