“Nicola Sturgeon has warned the world is facing a “climate emergency” and vowed Scotland “will lead by example” by cutting carbon emissions.
“The Scottish first minister said the declaration was “a public promise” to act on global warming and had been inspired by young protesters who went on strike from school to urge action.
“At least 90 councils across the UK have declared a climate emergency and pledged to work to limit damage to the environment.
“MPs in Westminster will vote on whether to follow suit on Wednesday, after Labour forced a Commons debate on the issue following mass protests over political inaction on the crisis.
“The declaration of a climate emergency is one of the key demands of environmental campaigners including the Extinction Rebellion movement, which paralysed parts of London with protests in the last fortnight.
“Speaking at Scottish National Party’s (SNP) spring conference in Edinburgh on Sunday, Ms Sturgeon said: “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.
“They want governments around the world to declare a climate emergency. They say that’s what the science tells us, and they are right.
“Today, as first minister of Scotland, I am declaring that there is a climate emergency and Scotland will live up to our responsibility to tackle it.”
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