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09 August 2019

Responding to the news today (Friday) that Glasgow will host the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November next year, if UK is named as host country,  Lang Banks, director at WWF Scotland said:

“The news that Glasgow could host this event is very exciting. This will be a vital milestone in the global response to the growing climate crisis. The fossil fuel era began in Scotland and in 2020 the global community must come to Glasgow and say that this will be the last fossil fuel generation and that we are ready to take on the climate and nature emergencies we face.

“This would be a huge event and the Scottish and UK governments must be ready to show that we have our own houses in order and have strong climate emergency plans in place. Scotland is already generating 75 per cent of its electricity needs from renewables and aiming to end the sale of fossil fuel vehicles by 2032. COP26 in Glasgow would be an opportunity to put our leadership and our zero-carbon economy on the world stage but we also need to put in place more concrete actions at home.”

Notes to Editors

[1] UN Climate Change Conference