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Jacqueline, a sunflower seed and vegetable farmer from Burundi, stands among long grass

Scotland's Climate Change Act

Climate change affects us all, but it’s the world’s poorest people who are impacted most. They feel the worst effects in day-to-day life, but have done the least to cause climate change.

Shifting to cleaner energy

In the Paris Agreement of 2015, world leaders made a long-term commitment to make progress towards limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C.

To achieve this, governments and scientists agreed that we must make a big shift towards a zero-carbon economy.

Over the summer of 2017, 19,000 people called on the Scottish Government to get ambitious about climate change. Campaigners old and new asked the First Minister to stand up to climate change and to create a better future for people in Scotland and around the world.

Christian Aid Scotland are standing up to climate change
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Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, received a petition for a more ambitious Climate Bill signed by 19,000 people.

In September 2017, the Scottish Government announced a series of encouraging steps, including some of our recommendations, in its new programme for government.

Many of Scotland's leading international development charities took the unusual step of making a joint call for the Scottish Government to aim high with its new Climate Bill.

Scottish faith leaders call for a strong climate act April 2018
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Scottish faith leaders call for a strong climate act April 2018.

In April 2018, faith leaders called on the Scottish Government to pass a strong and ambitious Climate Bill.

We share the earth, our common home gifted to us, with seven billion others whose descendants depend on getting our response to climate change right. We have faith that this is possible.

- Right Reverend Dr Derek Browning, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, 2017..