Scottish Green MSP Ross Greer has welcomed a major new report which warns that urgent action is needed to prevent residents in Renfrewshire bearing the brunt of the climate emergency.
The report was produced for Climate Ready Clyde, a network of 15 public bodies including Renfrewshire council, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport. The network is developing a strategy for the Clyde Gateway area to prevent and adapt to the climate emergency.
The paper estimates that 140,000 of the region’s poorest people will be the most affected by flooding, heatwaves and other impacts of climate breakdown, if major investment is not made to help them adapt.
It recommends a range of measures including funding for the adaptations of homes and workplaces to cope with extreme temperature changes, early warning systems for flooding and fires, restricting further building on flood plains and investment in measures to reduce poverty. An estimated shortfall of £184 million per year in these areas must be closed if sufficient action is to be taken.
If action is not taken, the costs to the Greater Glasgow area of extreme climate events could exceed £400 million a year by 2050.
Ross Greer, Green MSP for the West of Scotland, said: “This is a welcome and detailed report. It highlights not only the climate dangers facing Renfrewshire, but also the opportunity to make our communities fairer and safer through initiatives such as green housing improvements and tackling poverty.
“We face the twin challenges of preventing irreversible climate breakdown but also protecting our communities against the changes which are now inevitable. That means shielding our homes, businesses, railway lines and much more, but as the report highlights, it also requires that we tackle poverty and inequality within our communities.”