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Email and visit your MSPs to push for a stronger Scottish Climate Change Bill

The Scottish Government published the Scottish Climate Change Bill in December 2008. UNISON Scotland’s Briefing on it is here (pdf).

As part of the Stop Climate Chaos Scotland coalition we are keen to encourage all Members of the Scottish Parliament to support strengthening the Bill. Jump here straight to the email form. It is not only important for Scotland that we pass world leading legislation – the better we can make this Bill, the greater influence it might have on other countries. Hopefully, it might be used as a blueprint by others as they focus on United Nations talks in Copenhagen in December 2009 to determine the successor to the Kyoto Treaty. Climate change is the greatest threat facing the world's poor, yet it is countries like our own that are responsible.

Here in Scotland we (5 million people) are responsible for as much CO2 as 150 million people in Bangladesh. This Bill is Scotland's opportunity to lead the way on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to make a huge difference to the millions of people globally whose lives and livelihoods are already being impacted by climate change.

UNISON’s four key 'asks' are that the Bill:

  • reduces greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050.
  • sets statutory targets of at least 3% year on year emission reductions.
  • includes emissions from international aviation and shipping in the reduction targets.
  • sets strong targets for the public sector to lead by example, with negotiated green workplace agreements.

Please email your own MSPs, but, if you can, please also set up a visit to one or more of them, especially if they are on the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee, as it will be scrutinising the Bill in the coming weeks.

Find out who your constituency and regional MSPs are by reading How Do I Find My MSPs at the top right of this page and click here to send an email.

Here are four ways to push for the UNISON four key asks. Branches are asked to spread the word to ask members to lobby MSPs and to support the Climate Change Rally at the Scottish Parliament on Wed 22 April.

1. Make sure that, as a minimum please, you contact your own MSPs asking them to support UNISON Scotland and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland’s calls to strengthen the Bill. You can email them easily by clicking here.

2. Visit your MSPs face to face to raise your concerns. This is one of the most effective ways to influence them. For a Briefing Pack on Visiting MSPs, click here (pdf). SCCS has also organised free meetings around Scotland to provide information on the Bill and on visiting MSPs. Details are here.

3. Is one of your MSPs on the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee? If so, please try to visit them, but as a minimum, do email or write to them. If not, please ask your MSPs to contact Committee members from their own party to pass on your comments. The members of the Committee are: (link to constituency and Edinburgh contact details on the Scottish Parliament website by clicking on their names)

Constituency MSPs
Clydebank and Milngavie Des McNulty MSP
Glasgow Cathcart Charlie Gordon MSP
Falkirk East Cathy Peattie MSP

Regional MSPs
Glasgow Patrick Harvie MSP
Highlands and Islands Rob Gibson MSP
Lothians Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP
Northeast Scotland Alex Johnstone MSP and Alison McInnes MSP

4. Put the Climate Change Rally date in your diary and check for updates on how you can take part and be involved. Wed 22 April. 11am – 2pm at the Scottish Parliament.

Complete this form to let your MSP know your views and click 'submit' at the bottom

Note: You must fill in all the fields so that your MSP knows you are a constituent



Your message: If you re-write this in your own words, you will make this action even more effective.

Yours sincerely,

  • UNISONScotland will save a copy of your message, and will only use your email address to contact you in relation to this online action. We will not share your details with anyone else.




How do I find my MSP?
MSPs are elected on a constituency first past the post and by proportional representation on a regional basis. You will have a constituency MSP and some Regional MSPs.

Using the links below, note your MSPs and use the drop down list on the form to select their name.

Then, note your MSPs and use the MSP drop-down list to select their name, fill in the form and click 'send'.

Stop Climate Chaos

Stop Climate Chaos Meetings - Get briefed before visiting your MSP

Edinburgh Thursday 15 January, 6.30 – 9pm - Quaker Meeting House, Edinburgh Contact WDM: office@wdmscotland.org.uk or 0131 243 2730

Inverness Friday 16 January, 7 – 9pm - Eden Court, Inverness Contact Lexi Barnett: abarnett@sciaf.org.uk or 0141 354 5555

Falkirk Thursday 22 January, 6.30 – 9pm - Greenpark Community Centre, Falkirk Contact Julie Stoneman: campaigns@wwfscotland.org.uk or 01350 728200

Glasgow Tuesday 27 January, 6 - 8pm - Hillhead Library, Glasgow Contact Juliet Swann: Juliet.Swann@rspb.org.uk or 0131 311 6500

Aberdeen Wednesday 28 January, 7 - 9pm - Aberdeen Arts Centre, Aberdeen Contact Diane Green: DGreen@christian-aid.org or 0141 241 6130