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Monday, 22 September 2014

World leaders urged to follow Scotland’s ambitious climate laws



As world leaders gather to discuss climate change tomorrow in New York, campaigners today urged them to follow Scotland in committing to ambitious legislation to cut greenhouse emissions.

Stop Climate Chaos Scotland launched a short film documenting how thousands of ordinary people, concerned about the risk to our planet, lobbied politicians here, resulting in unanimously passed world leading legislation.

The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 set legally binding targets of cutting emissions by 42% by 2020 and 80% by 2050, compared to 1990 levels. The targets also include Scotland’s share of targets from international aviation and shipping.

UNISON Scotland joined today on social media with other members of SCCS in promoting the film and a briefing to inspire other countries to be ambitious themselves, and together in a new global agreement.

Climate change is a trade union issue, an urgent health and safety issue for the planet. Sharan Burrow, of the International Trade Union Confederation, explained ITUC calls for action, including a Just Transition as part of agreements on the switch to a low carbon economy.

She said: “There are no jobs on a dead planet and if we are to meet the challenge of de-carbonising our world we demand both government leadership and business responsibility.”

Ms Burrow was one of hundreds of thousands around the globe - including New York, London, Edinburgh, Rio de Janeiro, Berlin, Barcelona and Delhi - who took part in marches calling on world leaders to commit to strong action to prevent runaway dangerous climate change.

The ‘People’s Climate’ marchers included UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, who called tomorrow’s New York climate summit. He said that there is no “Plan B” for action as there is no “Planet B.”

It is hoped a new UN climate deal to replace the Kyoto Protocol will be agreed in Paris late in 2015, with tomorrow’s meeting crucial in building support for this.

You can support today’s action by copying and tweeting or just retweeting the messages @UNISONScot and/or @SCCScot have sent to the UN, to key leaders who will chair summit sessions, and to other figures, such as Mary Robinson, UN Climate envoy.


Further information, the film and the briefing are on the Stop Climate Chaos Scotland website.

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