Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has joined the Climate Coalition’s cross-party declaration to the Prime Minister on the importance of a green recovery from Covid-19 and for the UK to lead the way on green issues ahead the 2021 climate summit. Mr Carmichael met with climate campaigners from Orkney and Shetland this week, led by Shetlander Sorley Johnston, to discuss the case for a green recovery and how this could impact the isles. Mr Carmichael also highlighted the start of Plastic Free July, a global movement to encourage people to stop using single-use plastics for a month.
Climate Coalition is the UK’s largest group of people dedicated to action against climate change. It includes over 140 organisations such as Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, RSPB, Oxfam and the National Trust.
Commenting, Mr Carmichael said:
“I am glad to join the Climate Coalition Declaration and join calls for a green recovery from Covid-19. Now is the right time to invest in our future. Climate change often feels like a distant issue in the isles but it affects us all. It is great to have so many voices continuing to make the case for action.
“What is vital is that we have positive, concrete ideas to get to net-zero. The proposal to incorporate a net-zero stipulation into new government procurement contracts is one that the government should look at seriously and I will be contacting like-minded MPs to gather support.”
“We also have the opportunity to make a difference on a personal level right now, by cutting back on single-use plastics in Plastic Free July. There are small changes that we can all make to reduce the amount of plastic we use – which inevitably ends up on our shores and in our ecosystem. A more circular economy will allow us to better protect our communities in the long run.”