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).
Email the First Minister today
Climate change is already affecting people and nature, here in Scotland and around the world.
We have the chance now to play our part in tackling this global challenge. Taking action to cut greenhouse gas emissions in Scotland can also create new jobs, improve public health and reduce poverty, creating a better future for all of us.
The Scottish Government wants to know your views on a new Climate Change Act. Help make the Act as strong as it can be.
Ask the First Minister to use this opportunity to stand up to climate change, and create a better future for people and nature in Scotland and around the world:
- 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: set a nitrogen budget 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.
The Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham, today announced that both she and the First Minister will attend the UN Climate Conference in Bonn in November. The announcement was made during a Ministerial Statement on Scotland’s progress against its greenhouse gas emissions targets.
Tom Ballantine, Chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, commented,
The Scottish Government is delighted to be hosting the Arctic Circle Forum on ‘Scotland and the New North’ at Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh between the 19 and 21 November 2017. The Arctic Circle Forums are a series of specialised spin-off events from the main Arctic Circle Assembly, held annually in Iceland.
Keynote speakers will include:
A new report shows that the Scottish Government must strengthen its plans for the upcoming Climate Change Bill if it is to step up to the moral challenge posed by climate change, campaigners said today (Monday, 25 September).
The report from the independent UK climate watchdog, the UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC), warns that current Scottish Government plans do not deliver enough action in key areas to ensure that Scotland meets our commitment to global climate change goals.
Over 17,000 people across Scotland have responded to a Scottish Government consultation urging them to raise their ambition in tackling climate change. The respondents called on the Scottish Government to aim for zero climate emissions by 2050 at the latest, and to implement a range of policies to help deliver a cleaner, healthier, greener Scotland. The Scottish Government is currently proposing a 90% cut in emissions by 2050 and is not planning to include any major new policies within this Climate Change Bill.
By Gina Hanrahan, Head of Policy at WWF Scotland
Both are fantastic feats of Scottish engineering but which do you think is lower carbon - the new Queensferry Crossing or the re-opened Borders Railway?
By Sarah Beattie-Smith, Climate and Energy Policy Officer at WWF Scotland