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Speak Up... for the love of

For the love of the food on our plates. For the love of our global neighbours. For the love of the Arctic and the Great Barrier Reef. For the love of country walks and Scotland's beautiful seasons.
For the love of all the things we care about, we're taking climate change seriously. And we're not alone.
Alongside our sister organisations in England and Wales, the coalition is made up of over 100 organisations with millions of supporters. We may all be passionate about different things, but we’re united in our determination to tackle climate change.

 

Charities say Scotland must play its part to avoid climate chaos

Charities in Scotland say a new UN report on the impacts of climate change underlines the urgent need and moral responsibility for Scotland to meet its greenhouse gas emissions targets.
 
Today (Mon 31 March) scientists from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change outlined a stark assessment of the impact global warming will have on the planet and on humans, especially those already living in poverty. 
 
Among its findings, the IPCC said: 
 

Scottish Government should seize the opportunity 
to create a low carbon country

Climate campaigners say a new report shows the Scottish Government must do more if Scotland is to reduce carbon emissions and reap the benefits of becoming a low carbon economy.
 
The Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) coalition was responding to a new assessment of Scotland's progress towards meeting its legally-binding greenhouse gas emission targets.
 

Flooding in Scotland shows need for strong climate change targets

David Cameron must remember the casualties of climate change in the UK and around the world when he discusses new European greenhouse gas targets, campaigners say.
 
The Stop Climate Chaos Scotland coalition says the Prime Minister and other EU leaders should keep in mind the extreme weather which hit parts of the UK earlier this year, including Dumfries & Galloway and other areas of Scotland.
 

SCCS response to Scottish Budget Bill

Stop Climate Chaos Scotland is very disappointed to see that the Scottish Budget, published today, does not make any further funding allocation towards cycling and walking.

Tom Ballantine, Chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland said:

“The budget for cycling and walking next year remains a tiny 1.5% of the overall transport budget. We understand funding for that ‘active travel’ is then set to decrease the following year.

Government of 'Coal-land' must prioritise climate change

Campaigners gathered today (18th November) outside the Polish Consulate in Edinburgh, to highlight concern about the Polish Government’s commitment to coal at the expense of the climate.

The event took place as UN delegates meet in Warsaw for the global climate negotiations.  It also coincides with an international coal conference, hosted by the Polish Government, which campaigners see as an inappropriate clash. 

UN international climate talks

Taking the Scottish climate example to other countries
SCCS has done a great deal of work to encourage other developed countries to commit to ambitious climate change legislation as Scotland has done with its world-leading Scottish Climate Change Act.
Our new short film, Scotland's Climate Action Story, aims to inform decision makers in other countries to try to inspire similarly ambitious climate commitments elsewhere.  View the film via the link below and link to our web page about the short film to access the film in other languages and related briefings.

In previous years, we have done other work to show how Scottish civil society came together to push for our ambitious climate legislation.  Find out more about this in this short video about the example set by the Scottish Climate Change Act and how Stop Climate Chaos Scotland worked together to influence it: SCCS Climate Act film.

Find out more about our international work at previous UN conferences via the links below:

UN Climate Summit, New York, USA, September 2014

UN conference in Lima, Peru 2014 (COP20)

Our press release: UN climate talks end in disappointment, 14th December 2014

Blog 5 from Lima climate conference, 10th December 2014

Blog 4 from Lima climate conference, 9th December 2014

Blog 3 from Lima climate conference, 8th December 2014

Our opinion piece in Scotland on Sunday, 7th December 2014

Blog 2 from Lima climate conference, 4th December 2014

SCCS first blog from the UN climate conference in Lima

UN conference in Warsaw, Poland 2013 (COP19):

UN conference in Doha, Qatar 2012 (COP18):

UN conference in Durban, South Africa 2011 (COP17):

UN conference in Cancun, Mexico 2010 (COP16):

UN conference in Copenhagen, Denmark 2009 (COP15):

 

We Want to See Double

Campaign update: Friday 17th January 2014

The Scottish Government have today published their draft Budget Bill.  It appears that no further allocation of funding for cycling and walking has been provided in next year's budget.  We are very disappointed that Scottish Finance Minister, John Swinney MSP, has not responded to the support from hundreds of people across the country to the We Want to See Double campaign.  Read our response to the budget publication.

Transport accounts for a quarter of Scotland’s climate change emissions. Yet just 1% of total public spending on transport in Scotland is spent on cycling and walking: the lowest carbon forms of transport.

In the next two weeks, Mr Swinney will publish the Scottish Government’s Budget Bill, which sets out their spending plans for the next year.  

We are asking Mr Swinney to double the current level of funding for cycling and walking in the next financial year, compared to the current year, and for that funding to increase year-on-year thereafter until 10% of the total transport budget is allocated to this ‘active travel’.

There are many potential benefits to people across Scotland as a result of this investment: better health and fitness, improved air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

We want Mr Swinney to see the level of support for this, just before he publishes those spending plans - can you help us amplify the message?  Click on the relevant link above to get involved.

 

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