On Wednesday 25th September, MSPs in the Scottish Parliament will pass a new Climate Change law. We need your help to improve it before it’s too late. We all know that the world is in a state of climate emergency. While we’re not yet feeling the impact on our lives here in Scotland, for millions of people in the global South – people who have done the least to contribute to climate emissions – the climate crisis is a daily, devastating, reality. The Scottish Government committed to bringing in “a new Climate Change Bill to implement the Paris Agreement”, but as it stands the draft law fails to deliver on this promise, and fails to deliver climate justice for the thousands of people whose very lives depend on urgent action to limit the most dangerous climate change. With just days left before the final vote on the new law, we need to keep the pressure up to make sure that Scotland does our fair share of tackling the climate crisis. The Government’s proposed target to cut emissions by 70% in 2030 (that’s a 70% reduction compared to emissions in 1990) is only a marginal increase in effort (about 4%) over the next decade compared to the targets set under the current Climate Change law, passed in 2009. This is clearly not an adequate response to the Paris Agreement. The decision to delay any significant additional action to cut emissions until after 2030, while millions of people are already living with dangerous climate change in their day to day lives, is unjustifiable. In line with a report from Professor Kevin Anderson and our fair share of climate emissions, we’re calling for the 2030 target to be 86%.
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