Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has called on the SNP’s Environment Secretary to reconsider a decision not to hold a climate change workshop in the region.
The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP’s call comes after Roseanna Cunningham MSP announced a series of workshops and discussions to be held across Scotland during the next few weeks, entitled ‘The Big Climate Conversation’.
Despite events being held as far afield as Orkney and Portree, there was no place in the schedule for anywhere in Mr Carson’s constituency and the South of Scotland as a whole.
He has now written to the Cabinet Secretary urging her to reconsider this oversight to allow residents and businesses to discuss how to tackle climate change.
Commenting, Finlay Carson MSP said: “This is a hugely regrettable decision by the Environment Secretary to not schedule a climate conversation in the South of Scotland.
“As a member of the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, I have been proud to be at the heart of the Climate Change Bill and a conversation locally would have been the ideal way to carry on these discussions with local industries and communities.
“Our agricultural and forestry industries will be expected to play a pivotal role in tackling climate change. In out rural area we need to look at solutions which will enhance our public transport links, increase electric charging points, create a fit for the future recycling system to name a few.
“There are a whole host of measures that could have been discussed if a meeting had been held in Galloway.
“I hope that the Environment Secretary can reconsider her decision and ensure that this region is at the heart of how we tackle one of the biggest issues of our generation.”