We in SCIAF are compelled to tackle this crisis because the families we work with in Africa, Asia and Latin America constantly tell us how life has become an even greater battle for survival because of increasingly unpredictable and extreme weather. The new Climate Change Bill is a crucial chance for the Scottish Government to help stem the tide of growing climate crisis and save the lives of our brothers and sisters in poor communities around the world. To do this we should set ourselves the target of zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, instead of the Government’s proposed 90 per cent target. SCIAF has just launched our campaign, urging the First Minister and her ministers to go even further in their forthcoming Bill and calling on the Scottish public to back our calls for bolder targets. In our detailed policy report, Scotland’s New Climate Change Bill – Providing Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty, we set out the importance of climate justice for the poorest and most vulnerable in our world, and specific policy recommendations. It is vital we take this chance to play our part and really show them we care, for them and our common home. Scotland is already respected worldwide for taking the lead in climate legislation. SCIAF has campaigned for climate justice for many years and helped shape our world-leading Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, as part of the Stop Climate Chaos Scotland coalition. Not only do we want the Scottish Government to commit to zero emissions by 2050 in its forthcoming Bill, we want ministers to: commit to a 77 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030; make sure its spending supports these targets; outline clear actions to reduce emissions from housing, transport and farming; and explore options to tackle Scotland’s consumption-based emissions.
Scotsman 13th Sept 2017 read more »
Sarah Beatie-Smith WWF & Allister Maxwell GAP: Today, more and more Scottish businesses are getting creative in their responses to the biggest challenge facing the world – climate change. At GAP Group, we don’t just react and adapt to climate change. We set stretching targets to reduce energy consumption and carbon. To do that, we’re constantly evolving the way we work, decoupling emissions growth from financial growth so we allow for responsible and sustainable growth. GAP expects the same responsible undertakings of its supply chain. A Glasgow-based family-owned business, we hire machinery and equipment from excavators and dumpers to welfare units and toilets and everything in between. GAP has implemented many initiatives including rainwater harvesting, e-invoicing, extensive recycling, environmental procurement policies and the installation of solar panels. At WWF Scotland, we work with more and more businesses who understand the urgency of taking action on climate change. But they also understand that fighting climate change creates opportunities to innovate and to reach new markets and grow their business. Right now, the Scottish Government is asking the public what they think about the new Climate Change Bill. The Bill proposes to set out new targets for reducing greenhouse gases. The consultation is open until September 22nd and already, thousands of people have responded. There will also be opportunities for businesses to proactively influence the Bill as it goes through the Parliament.
The Sun 13th Sept 2017 read more »