Over 17,000 call for Scotland to lead on climate change

  • 20 Sep 2017
  • General News, Act for Our Future

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.

The Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change, Roseanna Cunningham, today accepted 1,500 postcards. They were presented by children from Sciennes Primary in Edinburgh. Pupils from the Eco-school had previously met with the Cabinet Secretary in June 2017 to discuss air pollution. Another 15,500 people have responded to the consultation online.

Tom Ballantine, Chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland commented,

“Climate change is the greatest problem of our time. People want Scotland to be at the forefront of the global effort to overcome that challenge. The ferocious Atlantic hurricanes, deadly floods in South Asia and the ongoing drought in East Africa show that we have no time to waste. 17,000 people have backed the First Minister’s call that Scotland should live up to the commitments in the Paris Climate Agreement. At the same time a strong new Climate Act will create jobs, improve health, and reduce poverty.

“The Scottish Government’s announcement that it will phase out fossil fuelled cars shows it is listening to our campaign and the many people who want Scotland to lead on climate action. We now need to build on that ambition with a target of net-zero climate emissions by 2050 at the latest. That ambitious goal would provide certainty, respect what climate science tells us we need to do and help guide decisions and choices for the coming decades.

“The children who met the Cabinet Secretary today will be turning 40 when Scotland should reach its proposed zero emission target in 2050. The choices made now will shape the type of country they grow up and grow old in.

“We hope all Scotland’s political leaders hear our campaign and deliver a Climate Bill that commits to zero emissions and action for warmer homes, healthier transport options and a thriving, efficient agricultural sector.

Gordon Maloney, 38 degrees Campaigner (Scotland) commented

“People across the country want the Scottish Government to take bold action on climate change. Scotland has shown strong leadership on climate change in the past, and it is clear today that thousands of people will be expecting that to continue, and watching closely to make sure it does. It is our own futures at stake, and we know that there can be no excuse for inaction or for doing the bare minimum.”

The consultation closes on Friday 22 September and the Government will analyse responses before introducing a Bill in 2018.

Tom Ballantine urged everyone to respond to the consultation. He commented,
“We want as many people as possible to send a message to the Scottish Government – don’t delay, now is the time to act for our future.”