Scottish Government challenged on climate targets

By agency reporter
June 26, 2009

A senior Church of Scotland minister has welcomed the Scottish Government’s new climate change targets but warned they were doomed to fail unless the people of Scotland were involved at a grassroots level.

Speaking a day after the Scottish Parliament approved the trail-blazing Scottish Climate Change Bill, The Rev Ian Galloway, Convener of the Kirk’s Church and Society Council, said: “We warmly welcome the amendment to the Bill requiring the Scottish Government to publish a strategy for public engagement.

“Without an effective strategy the new law stands little chance of success.

“Congregations across Scotland, particularly Eco-Congregations, will have [a] vital role to play in coming months to help the Government get this right.”

Brian Adam, MSP for Aberdeen North, tabled a final day amendment requiring the Scottish Government to publish a public engagement strategy which was agreed by MSPs of all parties.

Mr Adam said: “The opportunities are there for public engagement in delivering the aims of the bill and places duties on us all to reach the challenging targets in reducing our carbon impact.

“I hope that others will follow the lead taken by the Eco-Congregations and Eco-Schools in making a difference.”

The MSP was supported in the amendment by the Church of Scotland and the Eco-Congregation Scotland movement, which represents over 200 congregations of all denominations across the country.

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