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Act for Our Future

Between July and September 2017, 19,000 people from across Scotland contacted the Scottish Government, calling for a strong, ambitious new Climate Change Bill. In the photo above, children from Sciennes Primary School in Edinburgh joined us and campaign group, 38 Degrees, to hand in those 19,000 Climate Bill consultation repsonses to Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change, Roseanna Cunnigham MSP.

On the 24th May 2018, the Scottish Government released the Bill to Parliament. we were hugely disappointed by the intended target of just 90% reductions in emissions by 2050 and 66% by 2030.

Although it has now been released, there is a long way to go before the Climate Change Bill is voted on and finalised by the Scottish Parliament (probably towards the end of 2018 or early 2019). During this time, MSPs have the opportunity to listen to their constituents, take evidence and make amendments to the Bill.

Take action today by asking your MSPs to push for changes to the Bill.

We've also put together a resources hub with lots of information on how to take action, including all of our policy briefings, guidance on contacting your MSP and a timeline for the Bill becoming law. Visit now

You can also join our mailing list to stay informed about ways to join the Act for Our Future campaign. 

SCCS is calling for the Government to:

  • Set a target of zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at the latest, and a reduction of 77% by 2030
  • Ensure that future finance budgets are consistent with our climate targets
  • Commit to actions that cut emissions and deliver and cleaner, healthier, more prosperous Scotland:
    - greener farming: create a nitrogen balance sheet for Scotland by 2020
    - energy efficient homes: ensure that all homes have at least Energy Performance Rating C by 2025
    - cleaner transport: phase out the sale of new fossil fuel cars by 2030.

SCCS and the Climate Coalition have created a resources hub to help you take action on the Climate Change Bill: https://www.theclimatecoalition.org/scotland-act 

Scotland Misses Fourth Climate Target

Responding to the news the Scottish Government has missed the fourth annual climate target [1] Tom Ballantine, Chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) said:
 
"Today's figures are disappointing but show that the target was within reach.  To ensure Scotland meets all of its targets going forward the Scottish Government needs to announce significant new policies.  Greater action on climate change will let us build a healthier, fairer society and a stronger economy.
 

Scotland makes strong progress on cutting climate emissions

Responding to the news that Scotland has met its statutory annual climate change target for the third year running [1] Tom Ballantine, Chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) said:

“It’s great news that Scotland has hit the annual target and reduced its climate emissions by 45 per cent [2] compared to the 1990 baseline and is well ahead of the 42 per cent 2020 target. Everyone who has played their part in achieving this reduction should be proud.

Scottish Government's Climate Change Bill 'hugely disappointing'

Responding to the Scottish Government’s draft Climate Change Bill placed before the Scottish Parliament today Tom Ballantine, Chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland said:
 
“It’s hugely disappointing that the Scottish Government has failed to live up to its own rhetoric on global climate change leadership, by failing to set a net zero emissions target in the Climate Change Bill published today.
 

Why Scotland Must Set a Target of Net Zero Emissions

‘Tackling climate change is an overwhelming moral obligation that we owe to this and future generations.’- the words of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon during her speech to the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn last year.

As her government prepares to put a new Climate Change Bill before the Scottish Parliament this summer, I hope Nicola Sturgeon’s words will be the foundation for a forward thinking and ambitious bill to keep Scotland amongst the nations leading the fight against climate change – currently the biggest threat to humans and our planet.

100 international voices call for Scotland to lead on climate change

 
People from around the world are urging Scotland to remain a global climate leader as the Government finalises their new Climate Change Bill. 100 individuals, including many directly impacted by climate change and those working to help tackle climate change, have taken photos with signs urging Scotland to “Give it 100%” in our efforts to cut emissions. Contributions include impassioned pleas from farmers in Africa, vulnerable communities in Asia, indigenous Arctic groups and Pacific Islanders.
 

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