Climate change, a consequence of global warming, necessitates a collective global effort to curb temperature increases below 2 degrees. Notably, the Scottish government is a trailblazer in pioneering advanced decarbonisation initiatives. However, Westminster’s delay in implementing specific green policies challenges sustaining Scotland’s emission reduction strategies. Local and global actions must align to address this urgent issue, emphasising the need for a united front against climate change.
Increased CO2 Results in Climate Change
Climate change is one of the main threats to human health and nature. Growing average temperatures, intense wildlife, hurricanes, floods, and many other disasters are the outcomes of climate change. Increased carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases in the atmosphere result in climate change. Air pollution harms people, putting them at risk of various diseases. Wildlife is also worsening, and net zero strategies are vital for people’s and nature’s well-being.
Scotland Is One of the First Green Countries
During a worldwide climate emergency, it is imperative that every nation actively engages in achieving net zero targets. Several governments have initiated substantial decarbonisation endeavours, with Scotland emerging as a notable example. Over three decades since 1990, Scotland has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by half. Pioneering environmental consciousness, the country has been among the first to declare a climate emergency globally. Beyond the ecological impact, Scotland reaps economic benefits from its emission reduction strategies, mainly through the growth of the renewable energy sector, which has generated thousands of jobs.
Westminster Does not Collaborate on Net Zero.
Through dedicated decarbonisation initiatives, Scotland can progress towards achieving net-zero targets while concurrently creating employment opportunities within the renewable energy sector. Scotland has set a commendable goal of reducing emissions to 75% of the 1990 levels by 2030, showcasing a strong commitment to environmental sustainability. However, the UK government must demonstrate enhanced collaboration for effective emission reduction. Unfortunately, the recent actions of UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who has deferred climate commitments, are disheartening. Such postponements risk adverse environmental consequences due to delays in implementing net-zero programs.
Scottish FM Is Firm on Green Policies
The UK government must show more ambitions in the fight against climate change. Mairi McAllan, the SNP’s Net Zero Secretary, has called for the UK government to fulfil its climate pledges. She has demanded that the UK ensure net zero commitments remain on track. Scottish First Minister Humza Yousaf has emphasised that he will not change emission reduction strategies. Despite a probable collision, the First Minister is firm in pursuing emission reduction strategies and quit decarbonisation efforts.
Scotland Aims to Tackle Climate Warming
Scotland had already set out 2045 as the target date for net zero emissions of all greenhouse gases. Scotland’s determination to fight the climate emergency is five years ahead of the UK. The net-zero program supports decarbonisation efforts in the public sector and industries. The emission reduction strategies encourage people and businesses to move towards low-carbon living. Scottish government aims to lead international action on net zero and support communities to tackle global warming.
UK PM Is Damaging Decarbonisation Efforts
The UK government needs a proper program to achieve net zero while backtracking from green agendas. Rishi Sunak has stepped back from delaying a ban on sales of petrol and diesel cars. Prime Minister will delay the deadline for phasing out the deal from 2030 to 2035. Moreover, the prohibition of gas boiler installation is delayed ten years until 2035 for England. This decision prompted a furious response from environmentalists and Tory members.
Westminster’s Policies Cripples Scottish Net Zero Agenda
If the Tory government puts decarbonisation efforts aside, the UK cannot reach the 2050 green agenda. The First Minister Yousaf has said his government has yet to change target dates for environmental policies. However, the Scottish government may have to modify the draft of emission reduction strategies. Unfortunately, the policy banning petrol and diesel car sales is reserved for Westminster. Thus, the Scottish government needs the power to ban the sale in Scotland.
World on the Verge of Global Environmental Crisis
Scotland is ambitious to make electric vehicles the natural choice for consumers by 2030. However, the UK government’s announcements will have a severe and concerning impact on the Scottish government’s ambitions. Tackling climate change is crucial to prevent the acceleration of a global environmental crisis. The Scottish government declared a climate emergency in 2019 and amended Scotland’s Climate Change Bill. The Bill presents the main actions to mitigate carbon emissions, which help create a growing and inclusive economy.
Greenhouse Gases Cause Irreversible Environmental Damage
Indeed, climate change is indisputably responsible
for elevating temperatures and triggering severe natural phenomena. The emission of greenhouse gases plays a crucial role in trapping heat within the atmosphere, contributing to a rise in Earth’s surface temperature. These emissions, in turn, instigate alterations in climate patterns, resulting in irreversible biological harm. The impact of climate change is already evident
in various global weather phenomena. The surge in climate-related disasters, exacerbated by these changes, has
compelled millions to evacuate.
One °C Warming Led to Extreme Weather
An additional of global warming will be associated with more extreme climate changes. The number of extreme cold nights in high latitudes and hot days in all regions will increase. Scientific estimations show that human activities have caused approximately one °C of global warming above pre-industrial levels. The consequences of 1°C of heating up have led to extreme weather events and rising sea levels. Scientists warn that storms, heat waves and droughts will become even more powerful.
World Must Reduce Human-Caused CO2
Countries worldwide must cooperate to limit global warming to below two °C because every bit of warming matters. Such cooperation requires transitions in energy and industry sectors. Countries can cut their heat-trapping emissions by switching to clean energy and reducing deforestation. Global human-caused carbon dioxide emissions must have fallen 45% between 2010 and 2030. Postponing a ban on new polluting vehicles will complicate the transition path to upcoming net-zero targets.
Scottish Public Wants Fast Action on Climate Change
The Scottish government has been determined to ensure that the country progresses towards tackling the climate change issue. Cleaner Air for Scotland, the Road to a Healthier Future is one of its emission reduction strategies. Around three-quarters of the Scottish public agree that the government must take action on climate change soon. Scotland has already planned to reduce car travel by 20% by 2030. Thus, it must phase out petrol and diesel cars by then.
Sunak Anti-Green Policies Are Toxic
The decision by the UK Prime Minister to delay environmentally friendly measures will have a direct impact on the autonomous government of Scotland. In response, the Scottish government is compelled to adjust its emission reduction strategies, expediting efforts toward decarbonisation. Undeniably, climate change is claiming lives and wreaking havoc on the environment. Unfortunately, the UK government appears indifferent to the extent of this damage. Those opposing Sunak’s stance must exert pressure to encourage a reconsideration of his anti-green policies.