A new report shows that the Scottish Government must strengthen its plans for the upcoming Climate Change Bill if it is to step up to the moral challenge posed by climate change, campaigners said today (Monday, 25 September).
The report from the independent UK climate watchdog, the UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC), warns that current Scottish Government plans do not deliver enough action in key areas to ensure that Scotland meets our commitment to global climate change goals.
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
Over 8,000 people have written the Scottish Government urging them to rethink their climate plans. Individuals have responded to a public consultation by urging the Government to show more ambition when setting their long-range emissions reduction targets. A coalition of environmental, development and faith groups are urging the public to give their verdict on the proposed Climate Bill before the consultation closes in just under one month’s time.
Tom Ballantine, Chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, commented:
SCCS has written to the First Minister to call for urgent action in the forthcoming Climate Change Bill.
SCCS chair Tom Ballantine has written to Nicola Sturgeon praising the Scottish Government’s “commitment to implementing the Paris Agreement” through the upcoming Climate Change Bill, said current Government plans fell well short of the level needed if Scotland is to be at the forefront of delivering the international agreement signed by 197 countries 18 months ago.