It’s been exciting to have the eyes of the world on Scotland during COP26, and the locals certainly haven’t disappointed.

One of the weirdest stories of the last couple of weeks came when Joe Biden’s press team briefed that a “large naked Scottish man” had been pictured filming the President’s motorcade through his living room window. People Make Glasgow, eh?

Nudity aside, COP26 was one of the most important meetings in human history – and whilst expectations aren’t high, it has the opportunity to make the kind of world-changing decisions needed to stop a climate catastrophe.

I had the chance to spend some time at COP26, and met with delegates from countries in the Global South and indigenous communities across the world. They told me of the devastation already being caused by extreme weather, of the lives lost and damage caused in the societies who haven’t even caused this emergency.

I met with Siméon Sawadogo, environment minister of Burkina Faso, who told me that his west African country is already being devastated by climate breakdown. The UK and other major economies agreed in 2009 that by 2020 they would transfer $100bn a year to developing countries for climate adaptation and mitigation. Only a quarter of that was provided and lives are being lost in countries like Burkina Faso as a result.

While Boris Johnson makes a big deal of increasing aid-funded “green investments” in the Global South, this pledge only partly reverses the huge cuts his government made to their international aid budget a matter of months ago.

With Brexit trade deals that increase climate emissions and tax cuts for the aviation industry, this UK Government have shown their focus is on giving handouts to Conservative party donors and their pals on the murkier side of global finance.

What’s more, his government set up COP26 as an exclusionary event by failing to live up to promises on delivering vaccines to developing countries. Delivering less than 10 per cent of the promised donation shames the UK and undermined the ability of many nations to attend in Glasgow.

Since the Greens have entered government in Scotland, we have doubled our Climate Justice Fund for nations in the Global South, and the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has praised the fact that we are among the first countries to commit funding for loss and damage caused by the climate emergency.

This crisis won’t be solved by warm words at COP or anywhere else. If the Westminster government wants to have any credibility, it must follow the Scottish Government’s lead on climate justice funding. It is actions, not words which matter.