Tom Ballantine chairman of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland: The message from the UN climate talks was clear: people power is pushing our politicians to take action on climate change, and now is the time to keep up the pressure. Before the Paris talks, hundreds of thousands of people around the world came together to demand urgent climate action and to highlight the positive changes that communities are taking to reduce carbon emissions. I was immensely proud of the support that people showed for Scotland’s Climate March in Edinburgh on the eve of the talks. The deal in Paris shows that politicians are responding to those demands, and the popular global movement that supports them. The Scottish Parliament elections offer political parties the chance to show how they will invest in a new low-carbon Scotland that meets its carbon emission targets. We need warm, energy efficient homes. We need a meaningful shift away from investment in private cars, and towards investment in public transport and active travel like walking and cycling. And we need the Scottish Parliament to use its new tax powers to help cut climate emissions, especially when it comes to Air Passenger Duty. Stop Climate Chaos Scotland will continue to push our politicians for the bold action needed to deliver the promise of Scotland’s Climate Change Act. The Paris talks are over. But the fight for action continues. Stop Climate Chaos Scotland will be proud to play our part.
Scotsman 5th Jan 2016 read more »