The world is in a climate crisis. 

The UN Secretary General, António Guterres, recently said: “humanity is on thin ice — and that ice is melting fast.” He called on the world’s nations to “massively fast-track climate efforts by every country and every sector and on every timeframe.”

The Climate Manifesto is our attempt to show how to do that.


Scotland has been a global climate leader. But it still needs to do much more to reduce emissions at home, to prepare for the climate that is coming, and to help the most vulnerable countries already suffering deep impacts. 

We are off track to meet our climate targets and this document is a collection of proposals that could help us get back on track. It is a wealth of content for those revising Scotland climate plans. It is a wide-ranging set of plans for political party manifesto writers. And it is a mine of information for politicians trying to make the world a better place. 

From farming to transport and from energy to our seas, the policies in this document cover vast swathes of the economy. They also show how to change the economy itself and they demand that we make our fair contribution to the rest of the world’s efforts to cope with a changing climate.

The policies in this document concentrate on reducing emissions but also touch on adaptation. And they outline how climate action can be paid for fairly by making polluters pay.