Climate campaigners welcome First Minister's Paris visit
01 December 2015
Scotland's biggest campaign coalition has welcomed news that First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, is to attend crucial United Nations climate talks in Paris.
Tom Ballantine of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland said: "Scotland has a good story to tell on climate commitments, with world-leading targets on carbon reduction agreed unanimously by all parties in the Scottish Parliament.
“The Scottish Government's Climate Justice Fund is another example that other wealthy nations should follow, helping people living in some of the world's poorest countries deal with the damaging consequences of climate change.
"We are pleased that the First Minister will take those examples to the other nations of the world.
“Last Saturday, thousands of people gathered in Edinburgh at Scotland's Climate March, demanding that the Scottish and UK Governments use their influence to push for the strongest and most ambitious deal possible at Paris, and for those commitments to be turned into real action to protect people and planet.”
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, 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.
- SCCS will be issuing press statements at the end of the Heads of State segment on Monday 30 November and at the conclusion of the talks on Friday 11 December.
- Stop Climate Chaos Scotland want 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
- 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.