Commenting on the global climate strikes, Jamie Livingstone, Head of Oxfam Scotland, said:
“From the surge in support for Greta Thunberg to the global school strike movement, it is inspiring to see the next generation demand urgent and sustained action on the climate crisis.
“Having helped to cause this crisis, rich countries like Scotland have a moral obligation to the world’s poorest countries where the current generation is already living with the life-and-death consequences of decades of inaction. Young people around the globe – including in Scotland – know this is wrong, and that things need to change.
“We’ll be joining these huge marches on Scotland’s streets because the climate emergency requires an emergency response, and we want to echo the school strikers’ call to world leaders to match rhetoric with immediate and lasting policy changes.
“Next week, MSPs will vote to write the Climate Change Bill into law and they must prove they are listening to the young people up and down the country demanding tougher and faster action. Reducing our emissions quickly in the next 10 years is essential if we are to help prevent this climate emergency from becoming a global climate catastrophe.”
Contact: Kenneth Watt, Campaigns Manager, on 07411 884887.