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Scotland’s challenge is how to transition away from oil and gas

There is a temptation to feel depressed when larger polluting countries appear to be dragging their heels over reducing emissions.

What difference does it make if a country like Scotland does the right thing when nations like China and Russia don’t do enough?

But as Nicola Sturgeon pointed out in her speech ahead of COP26 yesterday, every little helps.

The First Minister was right to say small nations can make a contribution to tackling climate change too, even if it is only by the power of their example.

It was also welcome that while Sturgeon acknowledged Scotland must make a just transition away from oil and gas, Scots workers, their livelihoods and their communities have to be protected.

Scottish jobs are at stake and the management away from a reliance on fossil fuels has to be done with that in mind.

The challenge now for the Scottish Government is to come up with a strategy to achieve the right transition for the country and to make sure we are ready for the change.

We will need more than fine words to make it happen.

COP26 is unlikely to save the world, even if the summit has been described as a “last chance” for the planet.

But it is important that all nations and individuals do what they can to make a difference for future generations.

Scotland must play its part.

One Eck of a man

Alex McLeish has been a hero to football fans for decades, winning a string of trophies and awards.

But the mark of the man has never been more evident than in his latest role.

McLeish has become the first ambassador for a Crohn’s and colitis charity which helps improve the lives of sufferers of the condition.

His own sons, Jon and Jamie, are affected by crippling ulcerative colitis, so he knows only too well the agonies faced by sufferers.

The conditions are not often spoken about because of the embarrassing nature of the symptoms but McLeish is keen to raise their profile through his work with the Catherine McEwan Foundation.

Big Eck says his work with the foundation is as important as anything he has ever done.

If he tackles it the way he tackled the opposition, the diseases will be on a hiding to nothing.

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