Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) has expressed major disappointment in the Scottish Government’s Budget Bill which has now been published.
The proposed Budget continues to ignore the need to fully fund the measures set out in the Government’s own plans to reduce Scotland’s emissions in line with the Scottish Climate Change Act. In particular, funding to improve and expand cycling and walking infrastructure is still set to be cut by a third while, at the same time, the roads budget will increase by 16%.
Scottish cyclists today gathered outside St Andrews House in Edinburgh to call on the Scottish Government to invest in cycling and walking and low carbon transport, and fully fund their own plans to meet Scotland's climate change targets.
The action was supported by cycling ace Chris Boardman MBE, Britain's most successful cyclist to date, although he wasn't able to be in Scotland for the event.
Chris Boardman said:
Stop Climate Chaos Scotland today expressed disappointment at the desperate lack of ambition contained within the UN climate agreement in Durban.
Despite the growing warning from scientists, the reality is that this will be woefully insufficient to avoid global temperatures rising by more than 2 degrees, as was committed to at the talks last year in Cancun.
Tom Ballantine, Chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland said:
As he prepares to pack his suitcase and join the UK delegation at the COP17 climate talks in Durban, Stewart Stevenson MSP, today received a few extra items to take with him to South Africa.
Stop Climate Chaos Scotland presented the Minister for Environment and Climate Change with a ‘suitcase of hope’ including:
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.