“Act now to stop climate emergency” says Rennie as Lib Dems announce plans for 60m trees per year


Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today declared that the Liberal Democrats will act now to save the planet as the party announced ambitious proposals to undertake the largest tree-planting programme in UK history.

The party’s manifesto will contain a commitment to plant 60 million trees every year, increasing UK forest cover by 1 million hectares by 2045.

On a trip to the Falconry Barn, Kirkcaldy to discuss ecology and biodiversity and also meet an owl, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

“The climate emergency is destroying our natural environment and threatening our children’s futures. We will act now to tackle the climate emergency by taking bold action to rapidly reduce carbon emissions as quickly as possible, and achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. 

“Our plan includes the largest tree-planting programme in UK history, which will green our towns and countryside to absorb damaging emissions. This will help us reach net-zero emissions, and will nurture biodiversity, combat air pollution and improve public spaces.

“Here in Scotland we have a massive role to play. There’s no good reason why we cannot be world leaders in reforestation.

“This is the kind of radical thinking that is needed if we are to make a real impact in the fight against climate change and build a brighter future for our planet.”


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