Singing and dancing activists in 80s gear performed outside the Scottish Parliament today to highlight politicians and business leaders who are “stuck in the 80s” and stand in the way of Scotland meeting its ambitious climate targets.
Dancers dressed as 80s versions of a Scottish minister and industry and banking leaders, and sang a pop song calling on them to change their environmentally damaging ways. The stunt coincides with international climate talks which are underway in Durban.
Keith Brown, Minister for Transport and Housing, was targeted because of the government’s failure to fund its own plans for low-carbon transport, while pouring millions into road building.
Muir Miller, Head of Ayrshire Power, plans to build the first coal-fired power station in the UK since the 80s, in North Ayrshire. Stephen Hester, RBS Chairman, continues to invest in coal and the Canadian tar sands, which has been called the world’s most destructive project. Calum Wilson’s Forth Energy is bent on building four huge biomass plants that will contribute to deforestation across the world.
Friends of the Earth Scotland is continuing to work to get the Scottish Government to fund climate change measures in next year’s budget. Most recently, this has involved highlighting the large amount of road spending compared to low carbon transport measures.