Scotland’s Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse is spreading the message on the importance of ‘climate justice’ to the international community at the UN Climate talks (UNFCCC) in Warsaw this week.
The annual talks bring together Ministers and stakeholders from nearly 200 countries, and also act as a platform for sharing global best practice on climate change.
The Scottish Government’s engagement and delivery of ‘climate justice’ recognises that climate change has the greatest impact on the world’s poorest communities and Wheelhouse is highlighting Scotland’s ‘pioneering work’ in this field to international counterparts.
Speaking to Scottish Energy News from the Polish capital, Wheelhouse said: “We strongly recognise the voices of those who are in the frontline of the impacts of climate change. For many of the people in communities in developing countries in particular, climate change already threatens basic human rights – to water, food, shelter, education, employment and to life itself.
“Scotland has already set out the most ambitious global targets to cut emissions and as a nation, we’ve dramatically increased our renewable electricity production.”
Scotland’s innovative Climate Justice Fund has also been warmly welcomed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former UN High Commissioner Mary Robinson.
The Climate Justice Fund demonstrates Scotland’s role in championing climate justice and in supporting the development of appropriate climate justice solutions. The new £3 million funding announced recently by Alex Salmond, First Minister, as the second round of Scotland’s innovative Climate Justice Fund will be available from January 2014.