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The Time is Right for Our Clean Energy Future

David with Solar Panels SmallAs we embark on a new year, it is important to remember our rapidly changing climate and the devastating effect this is having on the lives of some of the poorest people in the world.

Scotland has a golden opportunity to lead the world in clean energy. The percentage of Scotland’s renewable electricity production is at an all-time high, with Scotland meeting nearly 60% of its electricity needs from clean sources such as wind, water and solar power.

The Scottish Government has published a new Climate Change Plan and Energy Strategy laying out policies to meet its climate targets and future energy demand. Yet, oil and gas still supply the majority of the energy we use in Scotland today. Reducing the use of fossil fuels in high-polluting sectors, such as transport, is key to building a low-carbon future for our country.

In a new report, Powering Our Common Home SCIAF calls on the Scottish Government to phase out fossil fuels from Scotland’s energy mix and dramatically increase our use of clean energy. It urges the Government to take stock of the damage caused by fossil fuels and invest considerably more in clean energy. With already more fossil fuels than we can afford to burn, the report also outlines concerns about proposals for fracking in Scotland.

We work in 15 countries with some of the world’s most vulnerable communities as they struggle with daily hardships brought on by climate change. Repeatedly they tell us how much harder it is becoming to survive and provide for themselves because of the changing climate, which is leading to erratic weather, failed harvests, increased natural disasters and mass migration.

We must accept that fossil fuels are not a responsible or sustainable way of providing the energy we need in Scotland, or globally. We must start valuing people’s health and wellbeing, and those of the planet, over short-term economic gains. We also need to recognise the opportunities clean energy presents and the investment it deserves.

You can add your voice to our campaign by asking your MSP to support the move to clean energy. 

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