Stop Climate Chaos Scotland is disappointed at the failure to adequately tackle climate change in the draft Budget.
On Wednesday 21st September, the Scottish Government published its Draft Budget for 2012-13 along with their Spending Review which outlines priorities over the next three years.
The Scottish Government is being urged not to backtrack on Scotland’s world-leading climate change laws, and to seriously consider the wider implications as it allocates resources in this today’s draft Budget.
Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, a coalition of over 60 organisations in Scotland, is arguing that with previous spending commitments focusing heavily around road-building, motorised vehicles, and a second forth bridge crossing, greater financial priority should now be placed on measures to tackle climate change as a matter of urgency.
Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) today welcomed the inclusion of a Sustainable Procurement Bill in the Scottish Government’s legislative programme.
Tom Ballantine, Chair of SCCS said:
Tomorrow, Tuesday 5th July, the European Parliament will vote on whether Europe should commit to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2020 (the current target is 20%).
Some rebel Conservative MEPs, including Scotland's only Conservative MEP, Struan Stevenson, may vote against the proposed increase to the EU target. Stop Climate Chaos Scotland calls on Struan Stevenson to back the tougher target.
23 senior representatives from Scotland's largest civil society coalition, Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS), have today handed a giant postcard to the new Scottish Government urging them to turn manifesto promises into political reality and make action on climate change a priority for the next five years.
People across the country are counting down the hours to the first ever online climate change debate.
Cake, a cuppa and climate change will all be on the menu this spring as a series of special events aims to give voters across Scotland the chance to quiz the candidates vying to be their next MSP.
Climate Cafes are being organised by Stop Climate Chaos Scotland across the country in the run up to the Scottish Election in May.
Voters will be able to meet their local candidates, ask them questions, raise concerns and encourage them to take action on important environmental issues, such as climate change, renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions, should they be elected.
A civil society group representing over two million Scots has responded with “disappointment” to today’s publication of the Scottish Government’s Public Engagement Strategy on the Climate Change Act.
Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) members lobbied for the inclusion of a strategy for public engagement, but the coalition argues that the paper is “neither very public nor very engaging”.
As the UN climate conference in Cancun finishes, the Stop Climate Chaos Scotland coalition urged Governments to build on the progress made and aim for a major global deal at next year’s summit in Durban, South Africa.
Tom Ballantine, Chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland said: “Some good progress has been made on a Green Climate Fund, protecting forests and reporting systems, but there has been little movement on critical issues like setting targets under the second phase of the Kyoto Protocol.
Crunch time for MSPs on climate change
MSPs of all political parties must remain committed to the world leading Climate Change Act passed in 2009, by strengthening the draft Report on Proposals and Policies (RPP) put before Parliament today.