ENVIRONMENT: First Minister appoints environmental experts

New group to advise government on environmental crises

Members of an environmental campaign group at Havoc shore in Dumbarton.

By Lucy Ashton

Scientists, climate and nature professionals have been appointed to a new group of international experts, tasked with advising the Scottish Government on environmental issues.

Formed as a commitment for the first 100 days of government, the First Minister’s Environmental Council will focus on Scotland’s ambitious trajectory, drawing on global best practice to keep Scotland at the forefront of tackling the climate emergency and ecological decline.

The council will be co-chaired by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, right,  and Professor Sir Ian Boyd, former Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Its members include Scottish wildlife filmmaker and presenter Gordon Buchanan MBE and Dame Ellen MacArthur, the successful solo long-distance yachtswoman and champion for the circular economy.

The group will meet regularly to discuss a range of environmental issues, such as biodiversity, marine resources, waste, and the nature-based aspects of climate change and the Just Transition, before presenting their proposed work areas and future plans in a report at COP26.

The First Minister said:  “The scientific report earlier this month from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) signalled a code red for humanity – it makes absolutely clear the severe threat and heightened risk posed by the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss. It is crucial that the international community takes this opportunity to significantly raise global climate action and ambition. With COP26 coming to Glasgow, Scotland has a unique opportunity to show leadership on the international stage.

“That’s why we committed to appoint, within the first 100 days of this government, environmental experts from around the world, to advise on international best practice to help us tackle this unprecedented challenge. The group will balance experience, a strong international perspective, the youth voice, and topical awareness, at the highest, global level.

“As well as acting as a sounding board for our near term policies, the group will advise us on the long-term policy trajectory for Scotland – taking into account the opportunities that becoming a net-zero society presents: growing our economy, improving our health and wellbeing and protecting Scotland’s iconic natural environment.”

Further details on the First Minister’s Environmental Council, including a full list of members, can be found on the Scottish Government website.

One comment

  1. Maybe a decent start would be to address the free for all dubious reasons that Planning Committee’s hand out freely, planning permissions that despite what objectors say on environmental issues are granted anyway. And then move on to the Loch Lomond Park Authority who have destroyed more of the Environment than it has saved, and then let’s look a the future planned Loch pollution at Ross Priory and also the Trees that a certain Councillor felled at Garshake to conveniently avoid the Money Builders applying for permission to fell them, This site should have been earmarked for the Cemetery extension, but money seems be a more important incentive for some members in the West Dumbartonshire Council, and of course not forgetting BellwayHomes and the Pearson Development at the entrance to Helensburgh, I do recall Argyll and Bute made Waitrose at the time had to Jump through Hoops before they could build, in so much that the building had to be sympathetic to the landscape entering Helensburgh, Bellway, as in previous sites have no care for the environment, proven by the unnecessary ripped out trees and hedgerow at the roadside, and what is the point of SEPA objecting at Government level to Iona Stables Land and the Pearson Development if the Scottish Government hand the decision back to Argyll and Bute Council, a bit about a Flaming here, the Planning will go ahead anyway, the Restaurant and Pub will grow into a Hotel, and maybe an added Premier Inn to come, and that will be built first before anything else on the site, then whatever materialises after it is built will be interesting, the new post for the Environment Protection will sadly be lip service only to the Environmental issues.

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