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Speak Up for the climate

November 2016

In recent weeks, Christian Aid Scotland supporters have been speaking up for the climate in a number of ways. Whether at Holyrood, over lunch or at conference we have been reminding ourselves and others to share and care for the world.

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Stop Climate Chaos Scotland goes to Holyrood

Climate campaigners at Holyrood

Stop Climate Chaos Scotland campaigners at Holyrood

At the end of September, Christian Aid supporters, alongside Stop Climate Chaos Scotland campaigners, joined a mass lobby of the Scottish Parliament.

The event was part of a huge movement of individuals and organisations in Scotland demanding that government and MSPs make the changes needed to deliver a positive and lasting difference for the climate.

Nearly 100 people from all over Scotland met their MSPs to make four key asks:

  • to improve the energy efficiency of homes and buildings
  • to invest in Scotland’s renewable energy sector
  • to invest in low carbon transport
  • to cut greenhouse gas emissions released as a result of food production

Christian Aid has been passionate about these issues for many years. We know that change happens slowly, but we are making progress.

The Scottish Government is due to publish a Climate Plan early in 2017, setting out their actions to tackle climate change. It is expected that the Climate Plan will be followed by proposals for a new Climate Change Bill.

A big thank you to everyone who attended this event!

Care for Creation conference

We continued to speak up for the climate alongside the Church of Scotland at the Care for Creation conference which took place at Bridge of Allan Parish Church at the start of October.

We were reminded by Sally Foster-Fulton, head of Christian Aid Scotland, that, 'We share one beautiful, finite planet - and we have to care for it and share it gently with each other. We have not inherited it so much as borrowed it from our children.'

With that exhortation to share gently, it was sobering to hear from our Bolivian and Kenyan guests. Cecilia Cordova, Christian Aid's Bolivian Programme Officer and Afiwa Allahare from the All Africa Conference of Churches in Kenya shared stories about how climate change was affecting them and their communities.

Speak Up week of action on climate change

Caring for the planet was a theme which continued into the UK-wide Speak Up week of action, organised by The Climate Coalition. During this week, many Christian Aid supporters met their MPs to ask them to take action.

Patrick Grady MP, SNP spokesperson on International Development, joined Christian Aid supporters at Renfield St Stephen's Church in Glasgow for a locally-sourced lunch.

Christian Aid supporters with Patrick Grady MP

Christian Aid Supporters meet Patrick Grady MP to speak up for the planet

Inspired by our low carbon meal, we asked Mr Grady to speak up on our behalf about the ambitious low carbon investment plan to transform the economy in line with the UK Climate Change Act.

We also asked him to congratulate Greg Clark, MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the rapid progress of ratifying the Paris Climate Agreement.

Thank you to all those who organised and participated in other Speak Up events around Scotland.

Find out more

For more information about our climate change work, email Diane Green, Christian Aid Scotland's Campaigns Officer, or call her on 0141 241 6136.


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