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Will Scotland vote for greater climate ambition?

 

Scotland has perhaps the most ambitious climate laws in the world. But those ambitions will count for little if they’re not turned into action by the next Scottish Government.  Only through pursuing climate proofed polices will we be able to secure the social, economic and environmental benefits of a zero carbon Scotland.

In the run-up to election day, thousands of emails have already been sent to leaders of the main Scottish political parties, asking them to champion policies in their manifestos which will deliver on the promise of our climate legislation. This shows just how much public support there is for urgent climate action from the next Scottish Government.

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There’s still time for you to join those voices, by emailing the party leaders now.

With one in six species around the world at risk of extinction from climate change and 100,000’s of people impacted every year by the impacts of climate change, this isn’t a problem for someone else, somewhere else or at some other time.  It’s the most pressing issue facing the world today and requires urgent, concerted and coherent action.

Thankfully there is no shortage of steps the next Scottish Government can take to  secure the transition to a low carbon Scotland.  Turning world leading climate change ambition to world leading action will help deliver a thriving, fairer, cleaner, healthier Scotland that plays its full part in a global effort to prevent the very worst of dangerous climate change.

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Our manifesto for this election has set out five key areas that we believe are critical to realising those ambitions:

  • A commitment that by 2025, no-one in Scotland will be living in a cold, hard-to-heat home. That’s something that will not only cut climate change emissions, but help tackle fuel poverty, reduce the burden on the NHS and create thousands of jobs.
  • Action to put Scotland on course to capture the benefits of being the EU’s first renewable electricity nation by 2030
  • A Warm Homes Act to address the 50% of Scotland’s climate change emissions that come from heating
  • New help for homes and businesses to reduce their demand for electricity
  • More money invested in large-scale low carbon infrastructure, such as district heating networks.

Last week over 150 countries signed the Paris Climate Agreement at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The deal, which was agreed last December, aims to keep global temperature rises below 2C and make efforts to limit warming below 1.5C.  With new actions, Scotland can play a big part to play in demonstrating change can happen. And if so, the benefits will not only be felt here, but around the world.

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