Climate activists post letter to MP ‘urging the Government to ‘lead the world’

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Climate change activists took to the streets of Forres to deliver a message to MP Douglas Ross.

This week, the UK Government’s own advisory body, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) issued its annual report to parliament, and Extinction Rebellion protested around the UK to draw attention to the climate crisis.

In Forres, local members of the protest group delivered a letter stating its concerns to Douglas Ross’s office. Similar actions took place outside MPs’ offices across Scotland.

The report is expected to show the UK Government’s actions are falling way short of meeting even its own legally-binding target to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, a target already woefully inadequate. Last year, the CCC reported that only one of their 25 recommended headline policy actions had been delivered in full. 

A spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion said: “The scientific evidence is absolutely clear: Aiming for zero carbon emissions by 2050 is far too late to avert catastrophic global heating which will cause crises much, much worse than the Covid-19 pandemic. The UK government pledged measures for reducing emissions but in fact our emissions have increased. We have a chance, now, to change direction towards a Green Economy, and urge our government to wake up and do it.

“We call on Douglas Ross, as our Member of Parliament, to show mature and moral leadership and make the science of climate breakdown, and the consequences of the UK Government’s current inaction, clear to his constituents. We ask that he urge the government to listen to the latest scientific findings and ‘lead the world’ by taking the brave actions required if we are to prevent catastrophic temperature rises, the consequences of which will hit the poorest and most vulnerable members of our societies hardest.”

Marc Hindley
Author: Marc Hindley

Marc has worked as journalist and photographer all over Scotland. He also runs a PR and digital marketing agency Canary Dwarf. He has lived in Forres with his wife and three children since 2001.