SCCS reacts to Prime Minister's Paris speech
30 November 2015
Reacting to David Cameron’s speech at the UN climate summit in Paris, Gail Wilson of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland said: "The Prime Minister has made the right noises at Paris, but if he is being honest about countries sticking to their promises, he needs to change his own policies at home.
"Mr Cameron says we should be taking action today. We agree. His first step should be to reverse his government's cuts in renewable energy investment, so that we can meet our climate change targets and take advantage of the boost that a green economy will bring to jobs and incomes, in Scotland and across the whole of the UK."
Stop Climate Chaos Scotland is an official observer at the the United Nations climate change negotiations.
The talks are aiming to secure an international agreement on action to tackle global warming. This new agreement will come into force in 2020, when the previous deal known as the Kyoto Protocol expires.
Stop Climate Chaos played a key role in the development of Scotland’s Climate Change Act in 2009, which remains the strongest climate change legislation in the world.
Notes to editors and media advisory
We will have representatives in Paris available for media interviews throughout the two weeks of the talks, including SCCS chair Tom Ballantine, Lang Banks of WWF Scotland, Jo O'Neill of SCIAF, and Mary Church & Richard Dixon of Friends of the Earth Scotland.
- Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) is the country's biggest civil society coalition, bringing together diverse organisations to campaign on climate change. Our members include environment, faith and international development organisations, trade and student unions and community groups. SCCS has official observer status at the UN climate change negotiations.
- Stop Climate Chaos Scotland wants all leaders to sign an international binding agreement on climate change which:
a) limits global greenhouse gas emissions in a just and fair way, peaking by 2020
; b) commits to phasing out the burning of fossil fuels by 2050;
c) 100% clean, renewable energy across the world by 2050;
d) commits to sufficient funding for low income countries affected by climate impacts.
- SCCS has prepared a short briefing on the Paris talks http://stopclimatechaos.org/sites/default/files/SCCS-Paris-briefing-Nov2...
- SCCS has produced a short film about climate action in Scotland in the hope that it will inspire other countries to follow our ambitious path on climate action.