The SNP Scottish Government have implemented several initiatives to encourage younger generations to participate in the environmental discussion and be active in implementing mitigating measures. Through our junior Climate Challenge Fund, young people have been empowered to lead local projects to tackle climate change. Scottish Natural Heritage has joined forces with Young Scot, our national youth information and citizenship charity, to establish a youth panel on biodiversity. And the 2050 Climate Group in Scotland, which is Scotland’s youth climate group, recently launched a Young Leaders Development Programme. The programme ensures that future public, private and third sector leaders are already thinking about the challenges of natural capital, the circular economy and climate change. The SNP are determined to ensure that Scotland continues to be at the forefront of progress towards a truly sustainable model of economic growth.
In 2019 First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced a state of ‘Climate Emergency’, inspired by the international movement of school-strikers campaigning against climate change.