GJN Scotland react: FM must take next step on climate action following NYC keynote speech
Date: 18 September 2023
In response to First Minister Humza Yousaf delivering a keynote speech at Climate Week NYC today (Mon Sept 18), Head of Campaigns at Global Justice Now Scotland, Liz Murray said:
“It’s great to see the First Minister pushing other rich countries to not just talk the talk on climate change but also walk the walk. That means making big polluters pay up for widespread and escalating loss and damage caused by climate change which particularly affects countries in the Global South who did little to nothing to cause it.
“Oil and gas companies like Shell and BP are raking in billions of pounds in profit – it is morally abhorrent that shareholders are lining their pockets at the expense of the global loss and damage fund. Scotland should be proud that it is a world leader in providing loss and damage funding. It’s now time for the First Minister to take the next step and call on the UK Government to fairly tax fossil fuel companies, and for the Scottish Government to say no to new oil and gas developments.”