Scotland

Act for Our Future

Between July and September 2017, 19,000 people from across Scotland contacted the Scottish Government, calling for a strong, ambitious new Climate Change Bill. In the photo above, children from Sciennes Primary School in Edinburgh joined us and campaign group, 38 Degrees, to hand in those 19,000 Climate Bill consultation repsonses to Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change, Roseanna Cunnigham MSP.

Although the consultation process has come to an end, there is a long way to go before the Climate Change Bill is voted on by the Scottish Parliament (probably towards the end of 2018). We've put together a resources hub with lots of information on how to take action, including all of our policy briefings, guidance on contacting your MSP and a timeline for the Bill becoming law. Visit now

You can also join our mailing list to stay informed about ways to join the Act for Our Future campaign. 

SCCS is calling for the Government to:

  • 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 

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.
 

A Very Short Introduction to...Oceans

Oceans are hugely important – as a source of food and mineral wealth, as homes for a vast variety of wildlife, and for the role they play in climate regulation. Here, sedimentologist and oceanographer Prof Dorrik Stow explores everything about oceans, and reveals why the new knowledge gained of the ocean-Earth systems and their interaction with the human environment is vital to our understanding of how we can preserve them.

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The Climate Majority

The Climate Majority is not about the climate deniers or the climate activists. It’s about those who don’t talk about global warming - the billions of people who have heard plenty about climate change, but who are just not interested enough to adjust their own lifestyles and make the sacrifices required to prevent it.

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas: Tackling Climate Change

Join us for this stimulating panel discussion, where we will explore the impact we have on the environment around us. Following the success of the 2017 Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas, we’re inviting back a top panel of speakers, including academics, comedians, and entertainers, to explore one of the most pressing issues facing the world.

Presented by Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation and The University of Edinburgh

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Climate Change Impacts on the Historic Environment

Climate Change Impacts on the Historic Environment: Assessing the Risk and Taking Action

This one day seminar will bring together heritage organisations from across the UK to showcase work being undertaken to identify and quantify risks from climate change, and to share best practice.

This event will have particular relevance for practitioners or organisations who are looking to better understand the risk climate change poses to their own estate or property, or to the wider historic environment.

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