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29 April 2019

FIRST MINISTER DECLARES A CLIMATE EMERGENCY – WWF Scotland comment

FIRST MINISTER DECLARES A CLIMATE EMERGENCY – WWF Scotland comment

 

Responding to the news that the First Minister has declared a climate emergency [1] Gina Hanrahan, Head of Policy, WWF Scotland said:

 

“The First Minister is absolutely right to declare that we are facing a climate emergency. Climate change is already everywhere, in disrupted weather affecting farmers here in Scotland, in melting sea ice in the Arctic hitting nature, and in extreme weather such as hurricanes, wildfires and heatwaves destroying lives and livelihoods around the world.

 

“Politicians from across the spectrum need to work together to lead the rapid and large-scale emergency response that we urgently require. A new expert report later this week is expected to advise a deadline year for ending Scotland’s contribution to climate change. This will need political support for ambitious new targets and accelerated actions to make homes warmer and renewable powered, to support sustainable farming, and to help get polluting fossil fuel vehicles off the roads.”

 

Notes to Editors

 

[1] BBC Scotland news online story

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-48077802