Local MSP for the Linlithgow Constituency, Fiona Hyslop, sponsored a panel discussion with Stop Climate Chaos Scotland in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 8th February. Stop Climate Chaos Scotland are an umbrella group who bring together many civic organisations in Scotland to mobilise action on climate change.
The event focused on climate change policy and the opportunities for action in 2023. The issues covered included reflection on COP27 and its outcomes and the development of Scotland’s Climate Change Plan. The event, which was well attended by MSPs and industry stakeholders also featured speeches from Nafkote Dabi of Oxfam International and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland Chair, Mike Robinson.
Commenting after the event Fiona said:
“I was pleased to sponsor this event which provided an opportunity for MSPs and climate change organisations to come together in the Scottish Parliament to have constructive conversations on Scotland’s policy in this area.
“The speeches from Nafkote Dabi and Mike Robinson also provided insight into both issues and ongoing work in Scotland and internationally.
“Action on climate change is required now and this is a crisis already impacting countries across the globe today.
“Committing to action on climate change is the right thing to do and it is about our human rights. This is why I will continue to advocate for strong action on climate change and treat this crisis with the urgency it requires.”
Mike Robinson, Chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland added:
“We are very grateful to Fiona Hyslop MSP for hosting this event, on the most pressing issue of our time – the climate crisis – and the opportunities Scotland has this year to lead the way on climate action.
“With every year that passes, climate change action becomes more and more urgent, and the risks of inaction become greater and greater. Let’s use 2023 to drive positive change. Let’s lay the essential groundwork in transport, housing, energy, agriculture and industry to reduce emissions but also improve health, provide jobs and tackle inequality. Let’s up the understanding of climate change and its solutions and accelerate the necessary skills development. Let’s be ambitious for change, and impatient for its delivery. And above all, let’s act like it’s the emergency it so clearly is.”