In letters to the Prime Minister and First Ministers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the Committee on Climate Change sets out six key principles to rebuild the nation following the COVID-19 pandemic whilst delivering a stronger, cleaner and more resilient economy.

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change are integral to the UK’s recovery package, the Committee says. 

The Committee’s letter to Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform highlights the importance of urban greenspace:

“The importance of urban greenspace to people has been highlighted by the COVID-19 crisis, but is in decline both in area and quality. Restoring parks, urban tree planting, and supporting the green roof and sustainable drainage industries can help to bolster Scotland’s adaptation services sector.”

The letter also emphasises the importance of making it easy for people to walk and cycle:

“Restrictions on movement during this crisis and the potential for longer-lasting social distancing and home-working measures could mean a radically different context for transport policy. Dedicating safe spaces for walking and cycling, more bike parking and support for shared bikes can be tied to new public attitudes towards walking, cycling and greenspaces. These local services can be prioritised in the areas of Scotland where investment is needed most.”

Read the letter in full