THE SCOTTISH government should use new climate-change legislation to set tougher targets for cutting carbon emissions, an international aid charity said yesterday.
Proposals in the government’s Climate Change Bill, which targets a 90 per cent emissions reduction by 2050, do not go far enough, according to the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (Sciaf).
The charity called for additional funding from Holyrood and a commitment to achieve zero greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050 at the latest, with an intermediate reduction of at least 77 per cent by 2030.
Sciaf is calling on members of the public to voice their opinions during the current consultation and to support its campaign by writing to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon demanding tougher climate targets.
Sciaf director Alistair Dutton said people in developing countries were telling the charity that life is becoming much harder due to climate change, with farmers struggling to grow food because the weather is becoming so unpredictable.
“We know that droughts, floods, hurricanes and typhoons happen more often now and they’re becoming more severe, costing lives, health and livelihoods. It is essential that we take this chance to play our part and really show people around the world that Scotland cares,” he said.
A spokeswoman for the Scottish government said it had won international praise for showing global leadership on climate change and planned to cut emissions even further.
“We have set out ambitious proposals for a new Climate Change Bill, which includes increasing the ambition of the 2050 target in response to the international Paris Agreement,” she said.
“The public consultation on these proposals is open until September 22 and we look forward to receiving views from across Scotland.”