Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Edinburgh Western and the Liberal Democrat Health Spokesman. He said discussing the scarcity of elements periodic table with his father (Professor David Cole-Hamilton), “Underscored to me that when you talk about the climate emergency, that’s just part of the indelible and irretrievable that human existence is having on our world.
“We need to change our behaviours across a range of things, both at a local and global level if we are to answer the challenge created by human existence and leave a world that is fit for my children and your children and theirs to come."
Maurice Golden MSP, Shadow Cabinet Secretary, Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Scottish Conservatives, said: “There’s a whole myriad of actions which businesses, government and consumers need to so to begin changing, and ultimately how we are going to tackle climate change – but I’ll highlight one.
“I think that if we can focus on ensuring that we have circular economy policies and actions, then that will cover off the bulk of the actions which we all require.
“It’s about making sure we reuse and ultimately reduce our overall consumption patterns, so we’re all part of the problem but also part of the solution.”
Gillian Martin MSP, Aberdeenshire East, Member of the Scottish Parliament for the SNP, Convener of the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, which has been leading on the Climate Change Bill. She said: “I don’t think anyone disagrees that we have got these really challenging targets of net zero [carbon emissions] by 2045 and they arguably more challenging one of a 75% reduction in emissions by 2030.
“And what that’s going to mean is that everyone’s lifestyle going to have to change but also we’re going to have to be changing the levers of the economy that Scotland relies on at the moment – and we all agree we have to do that but it’s how we do that that’s really crucial.
“Declaring a climate emergency is one thing – it’s an important thing to do. But, in and of itself it actually doesn’t do much, it’s the plans that come afterwards. It’s not going to be just the Portfolio of Climate Change and Land Reform in the government that’s able to tackle this. It has to be embedded in absolutely everything that we do, absolutely every decision we make.”
Mark Ruskell MSP, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, is member of the Scottish Parliament Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform committee. He said: “I think there’s a growing realisation that if we’re to tackle the climate emergency – and also the nature emergency as well – we’re going to need every single sector of the economy pulling in the right direction.
“Whether that’s the welders working in the fabrication yards in Fife or the foresters working up in the hills in the highlands – or whether that’s chemists working in laboratories on new, innovative technologies.
“We need to get everybody together – public sector, private sector – to really tackle this emergency.”