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Nicola Sturgeon insists smaller countries must do their bit to tackle climate change



The Scottish First Minister stressed the importance of small nations doing their part with the potential of spurring on larger countries.

“It’s often states and regions and small nations that can step in when the bigger countries fail to act.”

In her speech, Ms Sturgeon referred to a “coalition of states and cities that kept the momentum going” in the US when former president Donald Trump removed his country from the Paris climate agreement.

She also used the example of Bhutan which became the first country in the world to commit to being carbon neutral, with 130 countries following suit.

“If we raise our ambition and if we follow that through with action, then we can spur the bigger countries to go further and faster too,” she added.

Scotland, with its rich industrial past, has decarbonised faster than any G20 country, according to the minister.

Despite its smaller size, the nation has disproportionately contributed to climate change and “must do more now to help tackle climate change,” its leader said.

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Ms Sturgeon said care must be taken not to leave communities behind as it transitions away from oil and gas.



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