Wednesday, 11 March 2009

A truly global affair

I met the penguins who visited the Parliament to promote The Big Ask Scotland campaign that seeks to comabt dangerous climate change. It was organised by Freinds of the Earth Scotland [FoES] to coincide with the final evidence from Climate change Minister Stewart Stevenson MSP given to the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change committee. The penguins danced a strip the willow to the sound of John Lewis pipes and drums.
I took along my WWF polar bear 'Rolly polar' to make it a truly global affair. As the Big Ask leaflet says, "It's not just penguins and polar bears that will be affected..." It is the poorest communities in the poorest countries who face the worst consequences of extreme weather events - flooding, drought, food and water shortages and the spread of disease.

Hopefully the Scottish Climate Change Bill will deliver a morally sound and properly deliverable emission cut of 80% by 2050. The SNP is trying to take this nation on a journey to a cleaner, greener future in which we have set an example to others. It will be tough but acheivable to be on the right road before the Copenhagen climate conference later this year. The real penguins, the real polar bears and all the world's inhabitants rely on our actions.

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