“What we are ultimately doing is fighting to keep the ambition towards 1.5C alive,” he said, urging countries to set out action plans showing how they will cut their carbon emissions. “The ball is in the court of every G20 country that has not come forward, and we need to see them deliver on their promise,” Sharma said.
Meanwhile, environment minister Mairi McAllan described Cop26 as the “world's last and best chance” to meet the targets agreed in Paris in 2015. The summit, she said, was “a truly unparalleled opportunity to take the immediate global action we need to tackle the climate crisis”.
Given both McAllan and Sharma were both singing from the same hymn sheet, it would send a strong message about the need for people of different political persuasions to work together on this most serious problem if they and others from their parties were to do so on the same platform.
At present, such is the animus between the Conservatives and SNP that this seems unlikely. However, if we remain obsessed with such relatively petty divisions, we will damage the fight to stop climate change from becoming an existential threat to life as we know it and risk going to our doom, not doing everything we can to avoid it, but squabbling and bickering like fools.