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.
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
Yesterday the First Minister outlined the new Programme for Government for 2017-18, including new exciting targets for environment and climate change.
The key measures announced were:
Making Scotland a leader in the movement against Climate Change is a piece of cake, with us. Two hours is all you'll need.
The Scottish government is writing a new Climate Bill to set goals & determine the near-future actions we'll take to keep Climate Change in check. They're also asking for your opinion. A public consultation is open until September 22nd to ensure ambitious, world-leading targets are set.
Making Scotland a leader in the movement against climate change is a piece of cake, with us. Two hours is all you'll need.
The Scottish government is writing a new Climate Bill to set goals & determine the near-future actions we'll take to keep climate change in check. They're also asking for your opinion. A public consultation is open until September 22nd to ensure ambitious, world-leading targets are set.
Talk by Friends of the Earth Scotland's Climate and Energy Campaigner, Caroline Rance
Friends of the Earth Stirling are hosting a talk on the Scottish Government's Climate Bill. There will be a short talk followed by a Q and A session. Coffee and cookies provided. Free entry.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1195122903926010