**Interim comment – full response after Ministeral statement at 14.30**
Commenting on today’s announcement from the Scottish Government on the latest climate emission figures, Gina Hanrahan from Stop Climate Chaos Scotland said :
“It’s been a difficult start to the implementation of the Climate Change Act, but the Scottish Government’s package of new measures across different sectors such as energy efficiency, low carbon travel and district heating looks promising.
Stop Climate Chaos Scotland welcomes the announcement, from Transport Minister, Keith Brown MSP, of additional funding for cycling.
Cycling and walking provide an opportunity for people to travel in a greener way, but can also improve their health and wellbeing.
Scotland's biggest civil society coalition says a new hard-hitting UN report shows that the country needs to take further action to fulfil the promise of its Climate Change Act.
Stop Climate Chaos Scotland was reacting to a report published yesterday (Sunday 13 March) by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
SCCS letter to Scottish Climate Change Minister:
Paul Wheelhouse MSP
Minister for Environment and Climate Change
St Andrew’s House
Edinburgh, EH1 3DG
10 April 2014
Why Scotland needs to focus on meeting existing annual emissions targets
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.