MSP welcomes climate justice fund launch

SNP MSP Dr Aileen McLeod has today (Thursday) welcomed the launch of Scotland’s Climate Justice Fund at the Scottish Parliament.

Dr McLeod, who initiated the member’s debate, has called for other nations to match Scotland’s ambitions on climate change by cutting their carbon emissions and implementing climate justice.

The Scottish Government is providing £3 million for the fund - one million per year for the next three years - which will support water projects in Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia.

South of Scotland MSP Aileen McLeod said:

“The SNP have more than met the manifesto commitment by creating this fund and making a financial commitment over the next three years. The Climate Justice Fund sends a strong message on sustainable development and also encourages everyone in Scotland, and the rest of the world to become part of a collective and collaborative effort to create a sustainable future and ensure employability.”

“In climate legislation, clean energy development and community empowerment Scotland is leading the world in terms of sustainable development.

“It is encouraging that The Scottish Government has made a continuing commitment for poorer nations who suffer the most from climate change as well as being a world leader in clean, green renewable energy.”

She also welcomed Scotland’s role at next month’s Earth Summit where Minister for Environment and Climate Change Stewart Stevenson will travel to Rio, saying:

“Everyone knows that one country cannot win the battle against climate change alone – but it is encouraging that Scotland is showing leadership on this issue which affects us all.

“Collective action is not an option, it is vital and we need to ensure our actions and our messages are deployed by other nations.”

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