Three years ago, Stop Climate Chaos Scotland and thousands of our supporters lobbied hard for strong legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Scotland. To our delight, in 2009 the Scottish Parliament passed the world’s strongest climate legislation: The Scottish Climate Change Act.
However, the Scottish Government has failed to meet its very first (and not particularly challenging) target to reduce emissions under the Act. Unless the Climate Act is followed through with action, our ‘world-leading’ example of how to tackle climate change will be undermined.
On 29th January 2013, the Government's draft plan for meeting Scotland's climate change targets were published. Stop Climate Chaos has analysed this and does not believe this is a credible plan for reducing Scotland's emissions according to the Scottish Climate Change Act. We need Government to 'Get its Act together!' on climate change. During February, people across Scotland met with and wrote to their MSPs highlighting their concerns about this plan. Thanks to everyone who go involved in that action.
The Scottish Parliament has now considered the Scottish Government's draft plans to reduce Scotland's greenhouse gas emissions and has made recommendations on how these plans can be improved. The Scottish Government will then publish the final version of its plans to reduce emissions between now and 2027. Stop Climate Chaos has joined with others to highlight the need for more action to reduce emissions from the transport sector in particular. You can read more about this in our Parliamentary briefing on this topic.
Check out our 'Get your Act together!' video:
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'Get your Act together!' mass lobby of the Scottish Parliament
The Stop Climate Chaos mass lobby was an opportunity for people from all across Scotland to meet with their politicians in the Scottish Parliament and call on them to ‘Get their Act together’ and ensure the Government delivers on the Scottish Climate Change Act. Thanks to everyone who took part on Thursday 25th October.
Here's our short video of the event:
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The event was a great success, with people from every region of Scotland represented and over 50 MSPs in attendance! The #gyat Twitter storm raged throughout the event, allowing those who couldn't attend in person to let their climate concerns be known to politicians. Thanks again to everyone who took part and helped to send a clear message to Parliament and Government that there is strong public support for more action on climate change.
To receive updates about this campaign, and other work by Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, email: email@example.com.
For the love of the food on our plates and the people that grow it; the Arctic and the Great Barrier Reef; bluebells and butterflies; our children and grandchildren; we need to tackle climate change. Climate change is having an effect on the things we hold dear and we need to demand action.