Tweet for a safer climate
A big thank you!
Wow, hundreds of tweets were sent by you to the five Ministers during the #ImproveRPP2 campaign in June.
We'd like to thank you once again for your contributions.
In a statement in Parliament on 27 June, the Climate Change Minister Paul Wheelhouse recognised the power of our Twitter campaign: 'I set on record once again my thanks to the four parliamentary committees that scrutinised the draft RPP2, and to the many stakeholders who contributed their views to that process and who continue to keep the profile of climate change action high. WWF Scotland’s Twitter campaign earlier this month is the latest example of that and, as I have said, I am proud to live in a country where so many people care about climate change.'
The Scottish Government has now published its final climate action plan, the RPP2. Our reaction - as part of the coalition Stop Climate Chaos Scotland - can be found here. In short, we were disappointed that the Government did not make improvements on the scale that we needed to see to ensure full delivery of the Climate Change Act.
The RPP2 did contain an important glimmer of hope. An agreement has been reached between Ministers to increase the funding for climate change measures in the next Scottish Budget round. Although there is no detail on its quantity and quality, this should enable more policies to be introduced to achieve emissions reductions at a quicker pace with a bigger impact.
We remain committed to keeping up the momentum on this agenda, by keeping the Government on its toes to develop new ways of reducing our emissions - to protect our environment, enable warmer homes, better transport and a more sustainable future.
Thanks for your help, and we hope we can count on you again!
Ministers will soon publish their final plans to cut Scotland's climate emissions.
We needed you to remind them that we want bold action. Each day last week, we asked you to tweet at key Government Ministers. And hundreds of you did. You can read our Storify to find out how it went.
But, if you weren't able to take action, then there is still time for you to help:
If you have a Twitter account, simply click on the image below and generate a tweet. If you have time, please free to tweet all five Government Ministers.
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Minister for Housing and Welfare.
Minister for Transport and Veterans
Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment
Why you should take action - #ImproveRPP2
Many of our supporters and friends campaigned for a strong, ambitious, world-leading Climate Change Act in 2009 and have supported us over the years to encourage the Government to implement the Act and meet the targets.
Since 2009, there have been mixed reports on progress. We missed the first target for 2010, and saw worrying signals that in that year, emissions in housing and transport were higher, not lower, than the 1990 baseline level. Last week, we also learned that the second target for 2011 was also missed.
Scottish Ministers are currently finalising their plans - the Report on Proposals and Policies, or RPP2 for short - containing measures to reduce emissions to meet the 2013-27 targets.
This is a real opportunity for Scottish Government Ministers to show the action behind their rhetoric, ensuring that Scotland can still be world-leading when it comes to climate action.
In doing so, they can also prove that moving to a low carbon Scotland will bring a number of benefits to Scottish people - warmer homes, better transport, cleaner air, safer streets and green jobs.
So please support us and tweet our Ministers to show that you want them to make more of the positive opportunities out there to make Scotland great!
And finally, THANK YOU, for your support.
You can follow how this Twitter action unfolds each day by reading our short Storify.