Scotland Declares State of Climate Emergency – What Does This Mean? 

Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland

From Wildlife (WWF), Scotland…

Responding to the news that the First Minister has declared a climate emergency [1] Gina Hanrahan, Head of Policy, WWF Scotland said:

“The First Minister is absolutely right to declare that we are facing a climate emergency. Climate change is already everywhere, in disrupted weather affecting farmers here in Scotland, in melting sea ice in the Arctic hitting nature, and in extreme weather such as hurricanes, wildfires and heatwaves destroying lives and livelihoods around the world.

“Politicians from across the spectrum need to work together to lead the rapid and large-scale emergency response that we urgently require. A new expert report later this week is expected to advise a deadline year for ending Scotland’s contribution to climate change. This will need political support for ambitious new targets and accelerated actions to make homes warmer and renewable powered, to support sustainable farming, and to help get polluting fossil fuel vehicles off the roads.”  Click here to read more

Comment: 

The calls for Governments to declare a “climate emergency” have been growing since the visit of the 16 year old activist, Greta Thunberg from Sweden, who joined in the ridiculous protests in London recently.  We’ve heard of lions being led by donkeys but now we have politicians led by children to add to the “donkeys” image, now well embedded in the minds of voters as we watch the increasing political chaos across the UK, highlighted by the anti-democratic efforts of the Westminster Parliament to overturn the vote to leave the European Union. 

However, with all the (crackpot) calls for a state of emergency to be declared, actual practical measures (which is always what we need to deal with any emergency) are in short supply. 

So far, the Scottish hierarchy (and UK hierarchy in general) have been either silent or going along with the climate change propaganda but what now – what if the measures brought in to deal with this contrived emergency include, e.g. population control measures?  What if Scots are to limit family sizes to say one, two or (if they’re in a generous mood at Holyrood) three children?  There is definitely a view around that “unsustainable human population growth… [is] leading us to conclude that we not only need smaller footprints, but fewer feet.”

Should Scots Catholics be concerned about this declaration of a “climate emergency”?  And if there are measures proposed which are in conflict with Catholic family life will the bishops publicly oppose them?  And would it be helpful if the bishops were to speak out to reassure us all that there is really nothing to worry about, that Our Lord has instructed us not to worry about tomorrow, what we are to wear, or eat,  that our Heavenly Father knows our needs and will take care of us… would that be a good contribution to the climate debate from Catholic priests and bishops? After all, if a Christian street preacher wearing one of their “the end of the world is nigh – repent!” wandered into any TV studio during a discussion on the claims that we only have 12 years to sort out the planet or it’s “curtains”, he’d be laughed off stage.  Why is David Attenborough any different?  Did I miss the “David Attenborough is infallible” announcement?