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Great news for Scotland's climate campaigners

June 2016

Scotland's campaigners against climate change have received a huge boost from the news that Scotland has exceeded its 2020 target for cutting greenhouse gases six years early.

Christian Aid campaigner in front of wind turbines

The latest Scottish Government data shows that emissions in 2014 were 45.8% lower than in 1990, beating the 42% reduction target that was set by the Scottish Climate Change Act of 2009.

Christian Aid Scotland's Senior Policy and Advocacy Adviser Chris Hegarty said, 'This is great news for Scotland’s climate change campaigners. It was only after sustained public pressure from Christian Aid supporters alongside many others back in 2009 that the 42% target was set.

'It seemed like a stretching target at the time but clearly it was achievable; it has even been met six years early.

  • Public campaigning accelerates positive change.'

'Christian Aid campaigns on climate change because of the enormously damaging impact that a changing climate has on many of the world's most vulnerable people, and this news shows that, with the right level of ambition, it is possible to make significant cuts in the emissions that lead to such problems.

'It also illustrates that public campaigning really can make a big difference in accelerating positive change.'

Although this announcement is encouraging, much more action is required from governments, businesses and communities in order to play Scotland's full part in addressing climate change.

The recent UN climate talks in Paris in December 2015 saw countries commit to limiting rises in global temperatures to two degrees centigrade, and to pursue efforts to limit rises to 1.5 degrees.

This will require significant, ambitious policy changes across Scotland in the coming years, with Scotland's new climate action plan and the proposed new Climate Bill being great opportunities for all sectors and political parties to work together and show the level of ambition that's required. 

Find out more

For more information about our climate change work, email Diane Green, Christian Aid Scotland's Campaigns Officer or call her on 0141 241 6136.

 

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