Coalition launches campaign to keep Scotland as a world leader in tackling climate change
By making their voice heard, the people of Scotland can demand a world-leading Climate Change Bill from politicians, says a leading coalition today (5th July).
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
Responding to the news the Scottish Government has missed the fourth annual climate target  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.
Campaigners welcome the news that the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will be speaking at the UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice (COP24) today (Tuesday) and say Scotland must up its ambition to meet crucial Paris Agreement commitments.
Chris Hegarty, Senior Advisor at Christian Aid and SCCS spokesperson said:
"With clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, limiting global warming to 1.5°C compared to 2°C could go hand-in-hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society."
Come and join this Scottish protest against Government apathy towards the climate crisis.
This action is part of an international mobilisation during the latest round of United Nations climate change talks in Poland. It's called by Friends of the Earth Edinburgh but we invite other organisations in Scotland to join us.
This Carbon Literacy for Interested Organisations (CLIO) course delivered by Keep Scotland Beatiful and the Carbon Literacy Project is particularly designed to showcase a wider than normal range of training materials to show how you can adapt Carbon Literacy to suit your organisation and tailor it to maximise the benefits. The course is being offered at a discounted introductory rate for all attendees.
By the end of the course you will:
Getting about by bike should be – and can be! - for almost everyone.
Hear from the people who have achieved it, and discuss what is needed!
A wide range of organisations fostering diversity in cycling will each speak for 5 minutes on what they do and why it matters then there will be a 1-hour panel discussion and Q/A chaired by Spokes member Alison Johnstone MSP.
All welcome. Doors open from 6.45pm for coffee, stalls and chat.
The Edinburgh Eco Fair is a wonderful opportunity to discover a wide variety of local green groups, businesses and campaigns. Planet friendly gifts, workshops, crafting, live music, a kids area, and food will all be part of this fun, family-friendly event.
The frist Edinburgh Eco Fair was organised in 2015 with 25 stalls in the main hall of Out of the Blue. This year the fair will have 35 stalls, workshops, a dedictaed kdis area and we are very happy to host the annual swap event of the Shrub and Reuse Hub.
Gail Wilson, Stop Climate Chaos Scotland Campaigns Manager