This summer, the Scottish Government became one of the first governments anywhere in the world to announce we would sign up to the sustainable development goals. As part of that, we promised to take urgent action to tackle climate change, and to help developing countries to grow in a fair and sustainable manner.
I want to set out some of the ways in which the Scottish government is doing that – how we are promoting rights and justice in relation to climate change.
And I want to begin by explaining why we are doing it.
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.
Join Friends of the Earth Scotland for a screening of THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING.
Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there.
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.
Thousands of people from across Scotland will brighten the streets of Edinburgh today (Saturday 28 November), demanding that the Scottish and UK Governments push for real action to prevent dangerous climate change.
Scotland's Climate March
has been organised by Stop Climate Chaos Scotland - the country's biggest-ever campaign coalition - and is part of a global campaign for action in advance of crucial United Nations climate talks in Paris.
What will happen at the event?
Please bring banners and placards and warm clothes and email me if you can help with organising this. Please wear green ribbons
The Green Ribbon for Climate StoryThe Green Ribbon stands for:
- Caring and concern about the planet’s climate crisis.
- Intention to work for climate solutions.
- Support for strong climate action and climate justice now.
Would you like to learn how to make some recycled musical instruments?
The Shrub are teaming up with Stop Climate Chaos to create a whole host of upcycled musical instruments to make Scotland's Climate March fun, noisy and noticeable!
Representatives of Scotland’s Nepalese community, business sector and students came together today to highlight the different reasons they will be joining Scotland’s Climate March
in Edinburgh on Saturday 28th November.
Thousands of people are expected to march through the streets of the capital ahead of crucial United Nations climate negotiations in Paris that begin on 30th November. The Edinburgh march is part of a weekend of global action by hundreds of thousands of people in cities around the world.
Anyone up for a bike ride?
Earlier this year a few of us (Team Sky-lark) rode from Edinburgh to London to highlight the need for climate action. We are now planning a ride, to take place the day before Scotland’s Climate March, to publicise the march in Edinburgh and the need for a climate revolution. We are looking for as many keen cyclists as possible to join us to make as big a peloton as possible.
Drop in and ask the experts: What is climate change; what is being done about it; what can WE do?
With Experts from:
- Worldwide Fund for Nature
- Friends of the Earth Scotland
- Climate Reality
- Common Weal
- East Lothian Greens