Environmental campaigners are calling on politicians to back stronger climate change targets as a bill goes to its final stage later this month. The Climate Change Bill will go to final vote in the Scottish Parliament on September 25. Stop Climate Chaos Scotland – a coalition of more than 40 charities and civil society organisations – yesterday handed in an open letter signed by thousands of people to Holyrood. The note stated that, while Scotland’s declaration of a climate emergency is a positive step forward, politicians must use the Bill to sign our commitment to action into law. Campaigners are pushing for a commitment to further action in the crucial next decade, with an 80 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Currently the Government has committed to overall net zero – or 100% – reduction in emissions by 2045. Tom Ballantine, chairman of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland said: “The world will be watching Scotland when the UN Climate Conference comes to Glasgow. After declaring that we are in a climate emergency, setting ambitious targets in this bill is the opportunity to match welcome words with serious action. “Setting an 80% reduction by 2030 as legally-binding target, as well as implementing coherent and immediate policy changes, would make Scotland truly world-leading.
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