Scotland’s climate coalition, Stop Climate Chaos Scotland have produced a briefing for MSPs ahead of the final debate of the Climate Change Bill.

In summary

Almost one year ago, the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C warned that rapid, transformational action is required across the next decade to limit warming to 1.5°C. The Scottish Parliament now has the opportunity to embed the required action into legislation.

With the UN climate negotiations (COP26) coming to Glasgow next year, the eyes of the world will be on Scotland and our response to the climate emergency. The Bill is being voted on during the same week as UN Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit in New York, and the world’s largest week of public climate action. Scotland must be on the right side of climate history.

The final Act must have a focus on climate justice at its core, with increased action over in the next decade. It urges MSPs to vote for:

  • A more ambitious 2030 target, moving beyond 70% to drive action in the next decade.
  • New policy action to support energy efficient homes, to use Scotland’s land for the climate emergency, invest in low-carbon infrastructure, and to fund a just transition for Scottish farming.
  • Amendments which embed climate justice and our global responsibilities at the heart of our approach to tackling climate change.