Thu 13 Feb, 2020

The appointment of the new Business Secretary Alok Sharma as the Minister responsible for COP26 threatens to derail hopes of meaningful climate action, according to Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

“The decision to put COP26 in the hand of the Business Secretary, a man who has repeatedly voted against climate action, confirms the worst expectations of Boris Johnson’s government. They see this conference as an opportunity to sell UK Plc, rather than a moment to face the need for deep economic change in the face of a global emergency.

“Alok Sharma could not be more representative of the hard right, business-as-usual agenda which has brought the world to the brink of a crisis. If COP26 is to result in anything meaningful, it will require the progressive voices around the world to take the initiative. The UK is clearly not one of them.”

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