A plan for adapting to the effects of climate change has been launched by the Scottish Government.
it includes suggestions such as “check the weather forecast regularly” and “get involved in community energy” as it aims to encourage Scotland’s communities to become more adaptable and resilient to the changing climate.
The five-year plan warns Scots should expect milder, wetter winters and hotter, drier summers, along with more frequent extreme weather.
It adds average temperatures between 2008 and 2017 were approximately 1C warmer than in the pre-industrial era.
Our climate is changing in tangible and ongoing ways so it is vital that we continue to build on our world-leading work around climate change mitigationRoseanna Cunningham, Climate Change Secretary
Detailing various environmental policies and programmes in place in Scotland, the proposal document also wants individuals and organisations to change their behaviour to reduce the impact of climate change.
Calling for public feedback about the plan, Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “The scale of the global challenge is clear.
“Our climate is changing in tangible and ongoing ways so it is vital that we continue to build on our world-leading work around climate change mitigation to secure the benefits of a climate-ready and resilient Scotland for future generations.
“Ensuring our communities, society, economy and environment are resilient to the expected intensifying impacts of climate change is a crucial step to delivering a greener, fairer and more prosperous country.”
She added: “Our next adaptation programme will both help to create a better society for everyone who lives here and unlock Scotland’s immense potential as a nation.
“I also want this to deliver a step change in collaboration, emphasising the wider co-benefits of climate action and exploring how individuals, communities and businesses make important choices.
“We have already consulted on our new programme with stakeholders over digital media and through informal consultation groups, and I look forward now to hearing wider views on how we can work together to continue to strengthen our approach to climate change adaptation.”