Fifers get chance to shape Scottish Government's climate change bill

Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian MartinAberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin
Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin
Fifers can have their say on climate change at a public meeting next week.

The Scottish Parliament’s environment, climate change and land reform committee is looking at new legislation on the issue which has set a target of a 90 per cent reduction in all greenhouse gases by 2050.

It will host an informal workshop will on Monday, September 24, in New Volunteer House, starting at 5.30pm.

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It will allow the committee to gather views on the proposals, and Fifers interested in attending are urged to sign up.

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The event is being supported by Greener Kirkcaldy.

Geraldine O’Riordan, community engagement team leader said: “This event is a great opportunity for people in Fife to find out more about, and help shape, this Bill.

“We’re delighted to support the Scottish Parliament by encouraging our members and community to go along and share their thoughts on the bill and how it might impact on them.”

The proposed legislation includes a series of steps towards achieving a 100 per cent emission reduction in the future.

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It also introduces more challenging interim targets, including a 66 per cent drop by 2030 rising to 78 per ent by 2040. Scotland’s original Climate Change Act of 2009 set targets to cut 80 per cent of harmful emissions by 2050.

Gillian Martin MSP, convener of the committee, said: “Scotland has not shied away from introducing ambitious legislation to tackle climate change and this proposed new Bill certainly seems to continue that approach.

“We want to hear a wide range of views on whether the new targets and interim targets are strong enough, as well as the steps needed to tackle climate change.

“This is why we are visiting Kirkcaldy, to hear from people in their own communities, about what they think of the proposals, and what changes are realistic in our day-to-day lives to help meet these targets. This will play a key part in forming the Committee’s view on the legislation and letting people have their say.”