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Scotland leads the world in fight against climate change

On Wednesday 24 June Christian Aid saw the Scottish Parliament vote on climate change legislation that is the strongest of any industrialised nation in the world.

MSPs have voted in favour of legislation that commits Scotland to:

  • at least 80% cuts of all greenhouses gases (on 1990 levels) by 2050;

  • a 2020 target of at least 42% reduction in greenhouse gases;

  • include the full effects of emissions from international aviation and shipping from the start;

  • a strong duty on all public bodies to make a full contribution to tackling climate change and;

  • reporting on emissions from goods consumed in Scotland but made overseas.

Christian Aid, as a member of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS), has been campaigning for a tough climate bill for over a year. 

Una Bartley, Christian Aid’s policy and parliamentary officer, said:

‘MSPs from all parties listened to the thousands of Scots, including many Christian Aid supporters, who campaigned for a strong climate change bill. By committing Scotland to reduce its emissions by 42% by 2020, the bill can be held up as a positive example to the rest of the world. 

‘The passing of the bill, coming ahead of climate talks in Copenhagen in December, is very timely, sending a signal to developing countries what can be achieved in industrialised countries with the right political will.’

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For more press information, please contact Claire Aston on 07961 303481 or caston@christian-aid.org

Notes to editors

  • Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in nearly 50 countries. We act where the need is greatest, regardless of religion, helping people build the life they deserve. www.christianaidscotland.org

  • Christian Aid is a member of the Stop Climate Chaos Scotland Coalition, an alliance of development, environment and civil society groups aiming for tougher action to reduce emissions - www.stopclimatechaosscotland.org