A previous version of this article, reported yesterday, said Sturgeon was set to appear for this event. 

This has changed, with updates available here: Nicola Sturgeon pulls out of climate change event


NICOLA Sturgeon is still set to appear at the Edinburgh Science Festival this week to discuss the climate crisis.

It comes after Sturgeon’s husband Peter Murrell was arrested in a police investigation into the SNP’s finances with their home and party’s headquarters searched.

A large police tent was set up outside their home, which was taped off.

However, the former first minister is still scheduled to sit down with Patricia Espinosa for the “A Climate of Change” event to explore Scottish and global efforts to address the problem on April 6. 

Espinosa is the former chair of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and ambassador to Mexico and Germany. Ambassador Espinosa was a key player in the Paris Agreement.

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The two will discuss how legislation and UN sustainable development goals could help in the critical move to net-zero.

Sturgeon said: “I am delighted to be appearing at the Edinburgh Science Festival event: A Climate of Change alongside Patricia Espinosa.

"Climate change undoubtedly presents one of the greatest challenges of our time – but the emergency we are facing presents an opportunity for collaboration and the chance to roll up our sleeves and build solutions for our future.

“Of course, the solutions we need are on a global scale, but they begin with open conversations such as these, here in Scotland.”

Scotland’s second climate change action plan is set to be published in November.

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Espinosa said: “If we are to reach the ambitious – and necessary – targets that we have set in the fight against Climate Change and fulfil our commitment to humanity under the Paris Agreement, then we need to act and act on a global scale.

“I am delighted to be joining Edinburgh Science to lead these vital conversations both at their Climate Co-Lab Round Table meeting and a public discussion event with Nicola Sturgeon MSP.”