By Juan Cole / <a href="www.juancole.com/2019/04/announces-emergency-extinction.html">Informed Comment</a>
Source: Read full article at Truthdig
Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon of the social-democratic Scottish National Party has called a “climate emergency,” doing so in response to a call from “Extinction Rebellion Scotland.” The latter is a youth protest group that has staged walk-outs from high schools and engaged in civil disobedience in numerous cities around the world.
The call represents an abrupt about-face, since the SNP along with other parties rejected a Green Party call for the declaration of a “Climate Crisis” just this spring.
The step scoops the British Labour Party, whose leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has suggested that he will call a climate emergency this week.
Sturgeon’s party wishes to leave the United Kingdom, and its secessionism has been further fueled by the prospect of the UK departing the European Union. The SNP would rather keep its economic and cultural ties to the mainland.Sturgeon has complained about the gridlock in British parliamentary politics. A majority of Scots now back secession if Britain leaves the European Union with no new treaty with that body, a situation referred to as a “hard brexit.”
Scottish resentment of the slow pace of…