Charity in climate change call


The Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund has urged MSPs to ensure international targets are met

17th September 2018 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

A charity has urged politicians to deliver on ambitious plans to cut emissions in Scotland.

The Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF) has launched a campaign urging MSPs to do more to tackle climate change as a new Scottish Climate Change Bill makes its way through parliament.

The organisation has said it sees firsthand the huge impact climate change is having on vulnerable people in developing countries, with communities across the world struggling to fight the effects of extreme climate change on their livelihoods.

A new Climate Change Bill has been introduced to the Scottish Parliament which will determine the action Scotland takes to cut its greenhouse gas emissions for years to come. 

SCIAF is now urging people across Scotland to lobby their MSPs to ensure a target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 is included in the bill to ensure we deliver Scotland’s fair share of the Paris Agreement.

The campaign also wants the bill to include new policies to cut emissions from buildings and agriculture, and ensure future finance budgets are consistent with the emissions reductions targets.

The charity has already written to more than 18,000 supporters urging them to contact their MSPs.  SCIAF is also inviting supporters to attend a Mass Lobby event outside the Scottish Parliament being organised by Stop Climate Chaos Scotland on Wednesday (19 September) at which people from across Scotland will be able to meet their MSPs in person.

Thomas Mulvey, SCIAF’s campaigns officer, said: “Throughout the world our brothers and sisters are being pushed further into poverty by extreme weather caused by climate change.  It’s an injustice that those who have done least to cause the problem are suffering the most.

“In the new Scottish Climate Change Bill we welcome the government’s desire to achieve net zero emissions but are concerned that the bill does not set a date for doing so. Vulnerable communities suffering the impacts of climate change cannot wait.”

To sign up to the campaign visit the SCIAF website.