The coronavirus pandemic is a global crisis which has impacted so many aspects of all of our lives. Amid the difficulties, it has also shown that, as a society, we can make big changes to the way we live our lives.
For some, we've changed how we travel and are walking and cycling more than ever. For others we're now working from home, no longer needing to commute. These factors will contribute to tackling the global climate emergency, which remains one of the greatest threats facing the world’s population.
Around the world extreme weather events and erratic temperatures are becoming more and more frequent. In Scotland we're already seeing the impacts. Over the past few years we've experienced summer heatwaves, flooding and extremely high winter temperatures. The climate emergency is already on our doorstep.
Scotland is proudly leading the fight against climate change and will be net zero for all greenhouse gases by 2045 to minimise the impact of climate change on our society and the environment. Net zero is when the emissions of greenhouse gases are balanced by removals of those gases, such as carbon being absorbed by forests.
We’re also seeing many businesses, organisations, public sector, third sector and communities across Scotland stepping up to tackle climate change. They’re joining the fight by changing processes, running online events and supporting their staff to become more sustainable. Even with coronavirus restrictions, there's still lots that can be done.
The time for stronger and more decisive action is now and it really is down to everyone to make the effort together. We need all of Scotland to be involved if we are going end Scotland’s contribution to climate change within a generation. You may think your carbon footprint can’t make a difference, but it does.