Stop Climate Chaos Scotland Press Statement

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).

Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) has launched the campaign ‘Act for Our Future’, to call for a Climate Change Bill that creates both world leading ambition and the policies required for delivery. The coalition says a bold Climate Change Bill would create jobs, improve health and reduce poverty at home, whilst also ensuring Scotland plays its part in helping the poorest people in the world cope with the effects of climate change. [1]

Last month the First Minister committed Scotland to living up to the spirit and the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement through the new Bill [2]. But the civic coalition says current Scottish Government plans fall well short of the level needed if Scotland is to be at the forefront of delivering the international agreement signed by 197 countries 18 months ago. [3]

Dr Richard Dixon of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland said:

“Climate change is already affecting people and nature, here in Scotland and around the world. Time is running out if Scotland is to lead the way to a zero carbon future, but with real action and ambition, a bold new Climate Change Bill can change that. A Bill that truly delivers on the Paris Agreement must be one that says, by 2050 at the latest Scotland will no longer be contributing to the global problem of climate change, and that steps-up action in the short-term to cut emissions from our homes, our travel and our food.

“Our future can be a zero carbon one, but only with strong action from our leaders. This campaign is an opportunity for everyone in Scotland to remind politicians that action on climate change is popular and will create new jobs, improve public health and reduce poverty, creating a better, prosperous future for us all.

“With the forthcoming Climate Change Bill, we have a chance to do our fair share in tackling this global challenge but the targets and actions the Scottish Government are proposing fall far short of what’s needed. That’s why we’re asking as many people as possible to send a message to the First Minister that now is the time to act for our future.”

In order for the new Climate Bill to match the ambition of the Paris Agreement, SCCS say it must:
• 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 a cleaner, healthier, more prosperous Scotland by:
– Making all homes efficient and warm: 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 to reduce emissions, clean up air pollution and improve the nation’s health.
– Greener farming: Set a nitrogen budget for Scotland by 2020.


Notes to Editors

[1] Stop Climate Chaos Scotland http://www.stopclimatechaos.org/campaigns/climateplan
Stop Climate Chaos Scotland is a diverse coalition of organisations campaigning on climate change, including environment, active travel, faith and development organisations, trade and student unions and community groups

[2] First Minister’s Questions, 7th June 2017
Nicola Sturgeon MSP “The Scottish Government will demonstrate its commitment by developing proposals for an ambitious new climate change bill over the coming weeks in response to the goals of the Paris agreement. … The Paris agreement was secured through very long and difficult negotiations in 2015, following more than 20 years of international consensus building. The focus of all countries should now be on implementation. It is certainly the focus that this Government will have as we make our contribution to taking forward and fulfilling the aims of the Paris agreement.” http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/report.aspx?r=10999&i=1… 5&c=2007622 – ScotParlOR

[3] On Friday 30th June the Scottish Government set out its plans for the Climate Change Bill in a public consultation: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/06/8208

[4] Friends of the Earth Scotland is a member of the SCCS coalition and supports these asks. However, FoES has built more consideration of global equity into our campaign target and believes that Scotland should reduce emissions to zero by 2040. FoES also supports the creation of a Just Transition Commission that includes union, community and environmental representatives. This would advise the government on the transition from high-carbon industries and jobs to a low-carbon economy. You can take action to support this at https://act.foe.scot/climate-action