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.
By Alex Quayle, Senior Policy Officer, Sustrans Scotland.
Changing the way we travel is vital to reducing carbon emissions and fighting climate change. But just having more electric vehicles on our streets is not the answer. To make a real difference, we need to cut carbon levels quickly and deeply. That means getting a lot more people to leave their cars at home and choosing to walk and cycle for everyday trips.
Responding to the announcement today (Monday) of Scottish Labour’s long-term Climate Change Bill policy, which sets a target for Scotland to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at the latest  Gina Hanrahan of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland said:
Join Friends of the Earth Scotland in Edinburgh for their Autumn Activist Gathering.
Whether you’re new to activism or a seasoned campaigner, come along to help map the way ahead to a Fossil Free Scotland.
Join people from across Scotland at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh and ask your MSPs to push for a strong Climate Change Act.
In May this year, the Scottish Government laid its proposed new Climate Change Bill in the Scottish Parliament. Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) was hugely disappointed by the level of ambition and action it contains.
Responding to the news that Scotland has met its statutory annual climate change target for the third year running  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  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.
This is a big year for tackling climate change in Scotland as the Scottish Government prepares to introduce a new Climate Bill. In 2017, over 19,000 members of the public supported our calls for an ambitious Bill with the policies for Scotland to do its share in limiting climate change.
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.