Thu 1 Nov, 2018

The changes we make now to our energy, transport and farming systems are crucial for delivering hope for the future. Mark Ruskell MSP

SNP Ministers are "detached from reality" by failing to respond to the latest scientific warnings that we only have 12 years left to avert climate catastrophe, according to the Scottish Greens.

Today (1 Nov) the Environment Secretary updated Parliament on the government's approach to reducing climate change emissions, publishing a report which states that it is "too early" to say whether progress is being made in developing non-polluting systems of energy, transport and farming.

Mark Ruskell MSP, Climate Change spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said:

"The recent IPCC report was clear that we must act faster and cut emissions further, yet the Scottish Government are not adjusting course, showing how detached from reality they are. Their plans represent a slowing down in the rate of action when we need to be speeding up.

"The changes we make now to our energy, transport and farming systems are crucial for delivering hope for the future. We simply cannot afford to wait. It's galling that ministers are wasting time with meaningless reports when they know perfectly well which policies will make the difference - they should be getting on with implementing them.

"It's increasingly clear that as Holyrood scrutinises the new Climate Change Bill, we need an early target for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions as this will drive the change we need. We cannot rely on SNP Ministers whose feeble excuses are angering a Scottish public who want action now on the biggest crisis society faces."

 

 

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