Since its Climate Change Act in 2009, Scotland has been a frontrunner in the fight against climate change. This political success is also due to the great mobilisation of the civil society, which demanded new reforms for a greener country.
Scotland’s Climate Change Act remains one of the most ambitious piece of legislation regarding environmental matters. The legislation committed Scotland to cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 42% by 2020 and by 80% by 2050. These objectives could not be met without the actions of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS), a coalition of around 60 organisations that succeeded in putting popular pressure on their Members of the Parliament to support the plan.
The country's natural assets and its interets in social justice have played an important role in citizen's awareness about climate issues. But there is nothing that could not be done elsewhere in Europe or in the world.
In the months to come, the coalition will launch the new ‘For the Love of’ campaign and build projects to mobilise people for a more sustainable environment. But it will also specifically aim at creating coalitions with partners around the COP 21 in Paris.