Scotland

Contact your MSP about Scotland's climate change plan

Scotland's draft Climate Change Plan was published in January - setting out how we're going to meet our climate change targets in the coming years.  The plan has ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 66% (from 1990 levels) by 2032, however it's currently short on the detail and actions to get us there. We can all have our say on the plan, and help to shape it for the better. 

With the threat from climate change increasing and already affecting the lives of people  around the world, it’s time to shift up a gear. We have the chance to strengthen this plan, if we all step up and let our MSPs know that we want them to act on climate change.
 
It's important that MSPs know climate change is an issue people in Scotland care about.
Will you write to, or visit, your MSP and ask them to support a stronger climate plan?
 
There is a small group of MSPs who have a special role in finalising Scotland's Climate Change Plan - these are the MSPs that sit on the four Parliament committees chosen to review certain aspects of the draft plan and make recommedations for improving it. Almost everyone in Scotland is represented by at least one MSP in this group, you can find yours here
 

What happens now?     This is a draft plan. MSPs have until the beginning of March in which to analyse the plan, take on views from the public and experts, and write a report on their recommendations for the final plan. All MSPs in Parliament will have a debate on the plan in mid March.

What can you do?   The best thing you can do is meet your MSP and tell them you'd like them to support more concrete action in the plan. If you can't meet them, the next best thing is to write them a letter or email.

Read Stop Climate Chaos Scotland detailed evidence submitted to the following committees: 
Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform committee
Economy committee
Local Government and Communities committee
Rural Economy and Connectivity committee

You can read the full plan on the Scottish Government website here.

Scotland Misses Fourth Climate Target

Responding to the news the Scottish Government has missed the fourth annual climate target [1] 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.
 

Scotland needs to build on climate success

Last week brought the good news that Scotland had met its latest climate target, with emissions of greenhouse gases down 3% from the year before.  This is great progress and shows that we are firmly on track to meet our 2020 climate target of reducing emissions by 42% from 1990 levels.

This target and the target of 80% emissions reduction by 2050, were agreed unanimously by the Scottish Parliament as the right figures to ensure Scotland made a proper contribution to the fight to keep global temperature rise below 2 degrees centigrade.

Friends of the Earth Scotland Summer Weekender

An inspiring and motivating weekend of talks, workshops, practical sessions and film screenings for everyone interested in campaigning.

Whether you're completely new to campaigning or a seasoned pro, this is a great chance to find out more about what's happening in Scotland, learn some new skills and meet like-minded people.

Learn more Scotland's new climate change bill, fracking, divestment and the move to clean energy.

Scotland's new Climate Bill an Opportunity for Global Action

Responding to announcement in Scottish Parliament today (Tuesday 13 June) by Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham to reduce climate emissions by 90% by 2050 in the new Climate Change Bill [1], Tom Ballantine, Chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) said:

A new Climate Change Bill is an opportunity for Scotland to put itself at the forefront of global action on climate change and reap the economic and social benefits of the clean energy revolution.

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