Nicola Sturgeon declares ‘climate emergency’

First minister Nicola Sturgeon has said that Scotland will “live up to our responsibility” to tackle a “climate emergency”, in a speech at the SNP spring conference

She accused the UK government of having “no policies to tackle the big issues the UK faces – inequality, access to housing, climate change”, saying it has been “paralysed by Brexit”.

“A few weeks ago, I met some of the young climate change campaigners who’ve gone on strike from school to raise awareness of their cause,” Sturgeon told party delegates.

“They want governments around the world to declare a climate emergency. They say that’s what the science tells us. And they are right. So today, as first minister of Scotland, I am declaring that there is a climate emergency.”

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