Jim Hume, MSP, has revealed that just 67 people responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on climate change – and most of these were from the public sector.
Hume, LibDem spokesman on Climate Change, warned that the subject must not slip from the national agenda. Speaking after a Holyrood debate in which the Scottish Government’s climate change adaption programme was approved, he said:
“Climate change must not slip from the national agenda. Whilst our hearts and minds are focussed on building a stronger economy, we must keep an eye to the fairer society we need to build for generations to come. Only a few years ago climate change was at front and centre of our national agenda. The challenges faced today are the same as they were yesterday, if not worse.
“The Scottish Government’s consultation on its preparation for adapting climate change received only 67 responses. Only a minority of these responses came from outwith the public sector.
“Without the full-throttle support of people in Scotland, our efforts risk being meaningless at worst and half-hearted at best.”