Greens attack Midlothian Council’s climate plans

Green party members at their recent conference, including Midlothian councillor Ian Baxter (right)
Green party members at their recent conference, including Midlothian councillor Ian Baxter (right)

The Green Party has called on Midlothian Council to step up its efforts to combat climate change following its report on the subject.

A report to COSLA on the council’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has been described by the party as “empty and misleading”.

Councillor Ian Baxter, Green councillor for Bonnyrigg, said: “This report is no cause for celebration. It is both empty and misleading.

“The council needs to radically step up its efforts on climate change if it is to meet its legal obligation to deliver cuts in emissions.

“The replacement of light bulbs in 17 schools – claimed as a significant achievement – is piffling in comparison to the challenge we all face.

“We must play our part in preventing dangerous climate change.”

No comment was available from Midlothian Council as the Advertiser went to press this week.

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