Climate change campaigners ask for funds to be doubled

We Want to See Double Campaigners

Bethan Cleary

CLIMATE change campaigners are to gather outside the Scottish Government offices this afternoon. Stop Climate Chaos Scotland are campaigning to get the MSP in charge of the budget, John Swinney, to double the funds to £40m for cycling and pedestrian facilities in Edinburgh. This protest follows on from a similar gathering that took place last week, where the efforts of the We Want to See Double campaign persuaded the Scottish Minister to raise the budget by a further £13m. Campaigners are eager to see this figure rise, with an aim to reduce Scotland’s climate change emissions.

Stop Climate Chaos Scotland is the largest group in the UK that’s dedicated to lowering climate change. Much of the Stop Climate Chaos Scotland draws from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) September report, which confirmed a direct link between climate change and human activity, noting a particular acceleration in climate distress since the 1950s. Speaking at the time, Tom Ballantine, Chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland coalition detailed how the report left no doubt that governments must act now in an attempt to avoid catastrophic climate change. He also expressed how Scotland had set a positive example due to the nations attempts to become a greener city. However, he urged the government to put the proper policies in place to support these efforts.

The We Want to See Double campaign seems to be reflective of a green-conscious nation, and in particular, an eco aware Capital. A report published by sustainable transport charity, Sustrans noted how the annual number of cyclists and pedestrians using a range of paths within the Lothians radically increased last year, with more than 62 million trips either walked or cycled.

Stop Climate Chaos Coalition hope that the gathering outside the Scottish Government offices at 1pm this afternoon will gain the appropriate funds to further fuel this eco-friendly enthusiasm. Aside from the protest, the Scottish Government has agreed to meet with Stop Climate Chaos Scotland to further discuss their proposals.