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. 
The Scottish Government has today provided revised proposals for annual targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Scotland between now and 2022.
Tom Ballantine, Chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland said:
“Stop Climate Chaos is pleased that the short life working group has now concluded its discussions on Scotland’s annual targets. We look forward to seeing a credible, ambitious and transparent plan from Government on how these targets will be met in the forthcoming Report on Policies and Proposals.”
Climate campaigners today called on Ministers to use their powers to strengthen Scotland's world leading climate legislation.
Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) welcomed a consultation on draft guidance to public bodies on their new climate change duties, which come into force in January.
The duties say that public bodies must consider climate change in all they do and act in the ways best calculated to help deliver the tough targets on cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
Climate change campaigners can take heart this summer, after what has been a difficult few months, but should not take their eyes off the ball.
Three independent reviews have now clearly supported the science of the Climate Research Unit, based at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in the UK, whose email exchanges were illegally released into the media earlier this year. Those critics who claimed these showed collusion and conspiracy among researchers were proved wrong – there was no evidence of misconduct.
The Scottish Parliament have rejected proposed targets for emissions reductions. You can find out more about this here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/10176737.stm
Commenting on the Scottish Parliament's vote today on emissions reductions, Mike Robinson, Chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, said:
Key measures published by the Scottish Government confirm Scotland’s 2020 climate target to cut emissions by 42% but a commitment on early action is disappointing and the full impact of aviation is being ignored.
Four Statutory Instruments laid before parliament today cover annual targets for emissions until 2022, accounting for emissions from aviation and shipping, the buying of carbon credits, and its rules on carbon accounting.
Mike Robinson, Chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland said:
Scottish business leaders, environmental scientists and NGOs have commended the Scottish Government for reaffirming its commitment to meet its world-leading target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 42% by 2020.