Speaking on the eve of the COP26 conference kicking off in Glasgow, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said the event must offer the world new hope for the climate emergency and finally cause the Scottish Government to act on a scale that will bring an end to its years of missed targets and opportunities.
Since becoming Scottish Liberal Democrat leader in August, Alex has made tackling the climate emergency his top priority.
Alex said: “COP26 must offer the world new hope for the climate emergency and it must finally cause the Scottish Government to act on a scale that will bring an end to its years of missed targets and opportunities.
“Minutes after her MPs in Westminster attacked the Tories for cutting airline taxes, her MSPs were voting to expand Heathrow, pump more airline emissions into the atmosphere and bring tens of thousands of new flights to Scotland. This week, of all weeks, it was business as usual and generations will pay the price for that. No wonder Greta Thunberg said that Scotland is not a climate world leader. Greens in government are no more than a name badge.
“With the eyes of the world on Scotland, under my leadership Liberal Democrats have proposed a whole series of measures to cut emissions, tackle fuel poverty, boost renewables and protect communities from the ravages of climate change.
“That’s the plan that the planet needs, not warm words and hot air.
“Scotland cannot save the planet alone but it should have used this opportunity to show real leadership and secure green jobs for the future."