The UN agreement signed in Paris last month has the potential to transform the world's response to climate change.
Paris deal ushers in a new dawn
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Christian Aid has hailed the UN climate agreement signed in Paris in December as marking the start of a new era with the potential to transform the global economy to address climate change.
Mohamed Adow, Christian Aid's Senior Climate Advisor said, 'For the first time in history the whole world has made a public commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and deal with the impacts of climate change.'
Countries must increase their carbon reduction commitments before 2020 and every five years thereafter to ensure the deal evolves to meet the needs of a changing world.
Richer countries have committed to deliver the finance they have promised to help developing countries adapt and grow in a clean and sustainable way.
The UK and Scottish Governments must also now deliver on their climate change commitments and financial promises. For example ahead of the Paris talks, the UK Government made a significant promise of climate finance and announced a landmark decision to phase out coal power.
And in Scotland, we welcomed First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's proactive role in the talks, especially her announcement of a further £12m for Scotland's Climate Justice Fund.
Christian Aid campaigners achieved a lot last year, culminating in asking world leaders to agree to an ambitious global climate deal in Paris by marching through Edinburgh in November, but there is more we can do.
So, here are three things you could do next.
Ask Scotland's party leaders to act on climate
Our friends at Stop Climate Chaos Scotland invite you to write to the leaders of the five parties currently represented at Holyrood, to tell them to turn climate ambition into climate action.
2016 is an election year here in Scotland. And that means our politicians need to tell members of the public what they intend to do if they are elected. Let's show just how much support there is for urgent climate action by the next Scottish Government.
Write to Scotland's party leaders
Find out about our election recommendations
Climate justice is one of a number of issues on which Christian Aid Scotland has made election manifesto policy recommendations to all political parties ahead of this May's Holyrood elections, encouraging them to look beyond aid.
Wear your (green) heart on your sleeve
Show your love for the people, places and life we want to protect for generations to come, by making, wearing and sharing a green heart this Valentine's Day.
Rev Sally Foster Fulton was at the recent climate talks, and has written this reflection about her time in Paris.
Sally was heartened to see a real and binding agreement that has the potential to bring about substantial progress towards a sustainable future.
Get in touch
For more information about our campaigning in Scotland, email Diane Green, Christian Aid Scotland Campaigns Officer, or call her on 0141 241 6136.
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