Aileen to urge bold action at UN Climate Summit

SNP MEP Aileen McLeod will outline Scotland's ambitious proposals to tackle the global climate emergency when she attends the UN Climate Action Summit 2019 in New York next week. 

The global climate summit aims to boost ambition and accelerate action to implement the Paris Agreement. 

Dr McLeod previously represented the Scottish Government at the Paris talks in 2015 as Climate Change Minister.

Speaking in a debate about the summit in Strasbourg this morning, the Member of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee urged EU partners to follow Scotland’s lead by taking bold meaningful action.

Aileen said:

“Scotland is rightly recognised as a world leader in tackling climate change and has a fantastic story to tell the rest of the world.

“We have already declared a climate emergency, set out an ambitious plan to end our contribution to this manmade global crisis and we will achieve that within a generation.

“But action on climate change must work across borders and countries across the EU and beyond must follow Scotland’s lead and stimulate the global ambition we urgently need.

“I was elected to argue for a more ambitious approach to climate change across the continent underpinned by leadership at an EU level – and that’s exactly what I intend to achieve. 

“Climate Change is the defining political issue of our age and only by working together can it be tackled. That’s why it’s so important we stop Brexit and let Scotland continue to lead Europe on climate change. We need more international cooperation, not less."