Ross, Skye and Lochaber MP Ian Blackford has called for stronger action on climate change from the UK government after meeting with an “inspirational” Fort William activist.
Holly Gillibrand was invited to visit Mr Blackford at Westminster after she was hailed for her exemplary efforts in the fight against the climate crisis.
She attended the parliamentary roundtable where Mr Blackford urged the UK and other European countries to follow Scotland’s example in committing to soften impacts on the climate by introducing measured steps.
Mr Blackford said: “I met with two incredible young women, Greta Thunberg and also Holly Gillibrand, who is from Fort William in my constituency.
“Holly and Greta’s efforts in encouraging more action on climate change across the globe have been exemplary. Along with countless other young people, they are leading the way in the fight against climate change.
“Scotland has long been a leader in the fight against climate change. It is imperative that the UK follows in Scotland’s footsteps and plays its part in the fight. The UK government must start taking this issue seriously and it must start now.”
“Holly and Greta’s efforts in encouraging more action on climate change across the globe have been exemplary and I really enjoyed meeting with them both.”
Under the Climate Change Bill introduced by the Scottish Government, ministers hope to have Scotland carbon neutral by 2050.
Mr Blackford added: “Leaders of all countries, including in the UK, must listen to the voice of the next generation – it is their planet to inherit, after all – and play their part in tackling the climate crisis. It is a global issue that needs collective action internationally to succeed.”