Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) is a diverse coalition of organisations in Scotland campaigning together on climate change. Our members include environment, faith and international development organisations, trade and student unions and community groups.
SCCS played a key role in the development of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, which remains the strongest climate change legislation in the world. Watch our short video to find out more about how SCCS, as the largest civil society coalition in Scotland, influenced Scotland's climate laws.
SCCS is now working to ensure that the commitments set out in the Scottish Climate Change Act become a reality and that Scotland meets its targets to reduce emissions by 42% by 2020 and 80% by 2050.
The latest figures show that the Scottish Government failed to meet the first, not particularly challenging, emissions target set under the Act - indeed emissions increased rather than decreased in 2010. This underlines the need for continued pressure from civil society across Scotland to hold the Government to account and deliver on its climate commitments.
Scotland’s own emissions account for only a relatively small percentage of the global total, so SCCS is also working to push the Scottish legislation as an example for other developed countries to follow.
We have close links with the Stop Climate Chaos coalition in London and work with them on cross-border issues whenever we can. But Scotland faces many challenges relating to climate change that are quite different from England and Wales. Much that affects climate change emissions and adaptation is devolved from Westminster to Holyrood, for example housing, transport, energy and education. The cultural, educational, legal, social and geographical context is different and Scotland’s renewable energy potential is considerable.
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.