Coalition launches campaign to keep Scotland as a world leader in tackling climate change
By making their voice heard, the people of Scotland can demand a world-leading Climate Change Bill from politicians, says a leading coalition today (5th July).
Between July and September 2017 more than 18,000 people from across Scotland contacted the Scottish Government, calling for a strong, ambitious new Climate Change Bill.
Although the consultation process has come to an end, there is a long way to go before the Climate Change Bill comes before Parliament (end of 2018). We've put together a resources hub with lots of information on how to take action, including all of our policy briefings, guidance on contacting your MSP and a timeline for the Bill becoming law. Visit now
You can also join our mailing list to stay informed about ways to join the Act for Our Future campaign.
SCCS is calling for the Government to:
- Set a target of zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at the latest, and a reduction of 77% by 2030
- Ensure that future finance budgets are consistent with our climate targets
- Commit to actions that cut emissions and deliver and cleaner, healthier, more prosperous Scotland:
- greener farming: set a nitrogen budget for Scotland by 2020
- energy efficient homes: ensure that all homes have at least Energy Performance Rating C by 2025
- cleaner transport: phase out the sale of new fossil fuel cars by 2030.
SCCS and the Climate Coalition have created a resources hub to help you take action on the Climate Change Bill: https://www.theclimatecoalition.org/scotland-act
Responding to the news the Scottish Government has missed the fourth annual climate target  Tom Ballantine, Chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) said:
"Today's figures are disappointing but show that the target was within reach. To ensure Scotland meets all of its targets going forward the Scottish Government needs to announce significant new policies. Greater action on climate change will let us build a healthier, fairer society and a stronger economy.
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This October (13th-14th), join Friends of the Earth groups across five continents mobilising together to highlight the climate emergency, to fight dirty energy and false solutions, and to call for a people-led transformation of our energy systems.
Read more on the Friends of the Earth Scotland website
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We believe that struggles against social and environmental injustice are more powerful when they are connected and we try to strengthen our movement by bringing young people from across the country together to share ideas, skills and resources.
A new report shows that the Scottish Government must strengthen its plans for the upcoming Climate Change Bill if it is to step up to the moral challenge posed by climate change, campaigners said today (Monday, 25 September).
The report from the independent UK climate watchdog, the UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC), warns that current Scottish Government plans do not deliver enough action in key areas to ensure that Scotland meets our commitment to global climate change goals.
Over 17,000 people across Scotland have responded to a Scottish Government consultation urging them to raise their ambition in tackling climate change. The respondents called on the Scottish Government to aim for zero climate emissions by 2050 at the latest, and to implement a range of policies to help deliver a cleaner, healthier, greener Scotland. The Scottish Government is currently proposing a 90% cut in emissions by 2050 and is not planning to include any major new policies within this Climate Change Bill.
By Gina Hanrahan, Head of Policy at WWF Scotland
Both are fantastic feats of Scottish engineering but which do you think is lower carbon - the new Queensferry Crossing or the re-opened Borders Railway?
By Sarah Beattie-Smith, Climate and Energy Policy Officer at WWF Scotland