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WDM welcomes Scottish government climate justice fund
WDM today welcomed the Scottish government's announcement of the setting up of a ‘climate justice fund’ for climate adaptation in developing countries, but warned that the scale of climate injustice suffered by countries in the south means that the SNP's £9 million manifesto pledge for the fund must be increased.
Liz Murray, head of Scottish campaigns for the World Development Movement said:
“We welcome the Scottish government’s announcement of its ‘climate justice fund’ and its acknowledgement that Scotland owes a huge climate debt to the world’s poorest people. Scotland got rich on fossil fuel energy at the expense of poorer countries who are now suffering the impacts of climate change. And on a planet with limited capacity to absorb carbon, the rich world has left the rest of the world with little room to take the same development path. But the scale of climate injustice should not be underestimated, and if Scotland is going to make a fair contribution then the SNP government’s manifesto pledge of £9 million for this fund must be increased.
Cutting emissions here in Scotland is also a vital part of ensuring climate justice. That means the Scottish government must say no to a new coal-fired power station at Hunterston, to further airport expansion and to increasing car use. The scale of current climate injustice is illustrated by the fact that the emissions from a new coal-fired power station at Hunterston alone, if allowed to go ahead, would be more than 10 times the entire climate change emissions of Malawi each year.”
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