In an otherwise quite fair report, from Reporting Scotland, making clear that this is a UK-hosted event which will expose its record on the environment, Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary UNFCC, used an intriguing choice of words:
A Scottish Poet Robert Burns once wrote ‘Now is the day, now is the hour.’
She refrained from the full verse:
Now’s the day, and now’s the hour;
See the front o’ battle lour;
See approach proud Edward’s power—
Chains and slavery!
Espinosa said this in 2019
Congratulations, Scotland, for demonstrating bold leadership on #ClimateAction passing a law to reduce emissions by 75% by 2030 and towards becoming a net-zero society by 2045. This is an inspiring example of the level of ambition we need globally to achieve the #ParisAgreement.https://twitter.com/pespinosac/status/1177231636657770496?lang=en
The admiration is mutual:
Nicola Sturgeon has praised UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa for setting out the “stark reality” of climate change for world leaders as the Cop26 global climate conference began.https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/environment/cop26-nicola-sturgeon-sings-praises-of-un-climate-chief-for-stark-reality-warning-3439228
She knew what she was doing. Will Boris get it?
The full Espinosa comments are here: