For the past ten years, Christian Aid Scotland has been campaigning for the UK and Scottish Governments to take climate change seriously for the benefit of those who are impacted first and worst by its effects.
Since 2017, our supporters have met their MSPs, signed petitions, demonstrated outside the Scottish Parliament and taken to the streets in their local towns and cities. Thank you for your incredible efforts! Today we see how small actions can lead to a big shift in attitudes and legislation.
Thank you for your incredible efforts! Today we see how small actions can lead to a big shift in attitudes and legislation.’
Fiona Buchanan and Diane Green
Christian Aid Scotland's Campaign Officers
Christian Aid has worked towards today’s Climate Bill in coalition with a number of organisations, under the umbrella of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS). SCCS has released the following statement:
This Bill sets a strong long-term target to reduce emissions to net-zero by 2045, and drive action in the crucial next decade. We were particularly pleased to see all parties coming together today to increase the 2030 target.
Today’s last-minute increase in ambition from Parliament is thanks to extensive public pressure, particularly the incredible youth-led climate marches last week. Campaigners should feel rightly proud of having moved Scotland’s climate action a significant step forward.
Today’s new climate law is not the end; it’s what comes next that will show whether Scotland is really serious about tackling this crisis. Urgent action must now follow, with these targets driving rapid and immediate action to move away from fossil fuels in our homes, transport and energy systems.
With UN climate negotiations coming to Glasgow next year, the world will be watching, and we will continue to work with the Scottish Government, all politicians and the climate movement to secure rapid, transformational action and climate justice.
In response to the statement, Sally Foster-Fulton, Head of Christian Aid Scotland said:
“It is easy to be distracted by the political turmoil we are living through just now. But here, in the midst of chaos, is a resolve to work towards a better future for and with our young people and our global neighbours. All of these people, who have done least to cause climate change, have chastened and inspired us to call on our politicians to act.
I am delighted that the Scottish Government has responded with such determination to ensure that we can tackle this climate emergency in our daily lives and decisions.”
I am delighted that the Scottish Government has responded with such determination to ensure that we can tackle this climate emergency in our daily lives and decisions.’
Sally Foster Fulton
Head of Christian Aid Scotland