Tom Ballantine, Chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland: In her speech to the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn last year, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon stated: “Tackling climate change is an overwhelming moral obligation that we owe to this and future generations.” As her Government prepares to put a new Climate Change Bill before the Scottish Parliament this summer, I hope her words will be the foundation for a forward thinking and ambitious bill to keep Scotland amongst the nations leading the fight against climate change – currently the biggest threat to humans and our planet. It is the urgency of the threat that informs the United Nations response to it – the Paris Agreement. The agreement requires the 197 nations signed up to it to keep temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the t emperature increase even further to 1.5C. These requirements reflect the overwhelming scientific consensus that lower emissions will, as the agreement says, “significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change”.
Herald 4th May 2018 http://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/16198358.Agenda__Why_Scotland_must_set_a_target_of_net_zero_emissions/