Time for action on climate justice

Take action today to ask the Scottish Government to include a strong commitment to invest in, and embed, climate justice in the updated Climate Change Plan.

When the Scottish Parliament passed the new Climate Change Act in 2019, it recognised that in order to meet Scotland’s ambitious climate change targets it would need to embrace policies not just to shape what we do in Scotland but internationally too.

In order to meet this commitment, Scotland’s updated Climate Change Plan must do three things:

  1. Support developing countries to adapt and survive the worst effects of climate change.
  2. Make sure our actions are aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
  3. Champion the moral duty of rich, polluting nations like ours to embrace climate justice because the world’s poorest are bearing the brunt of the crisis.

By increasing Scotland’s Climate Justice Fund, we can achieve all three. The Fund supports projects like the Climate Challenge Programme Malawi, which helps communities to adapt to the impacts of climate change, such as drought and flooding.

For the Climate Justice Fund to match Scotland’s ambition, and for it to achieve real change in the fight against climate change, it needs more investment. Scotland can use its devolved powers to increase spending on climate justice without diverting funding from existing sources of international aid.