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Scotland’s Climate Justice Fund doubled
At a conference bringing together civil society, public and private sectors the First Minister has announced that the Climate Justice Fund will be doubled.
The conference on climate justice happening today, the 9th October, is being addressed by Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights – who now campaigns around the world for climate justice.
At the conference Alex Salmond has announced an extra £3 million for the Climate Justice Fund (CJF), to increase community resilience to the impacts of climate change.
This is additional to the initial £3 million funding announced last year, which has supported water projects in Malawi and Zambia, and follows the recent IPCC report highlighting the impact of climate change.
The First Minister said:
“ Today’s conference demonstrates Scotland’s continuing commitment to lead world thinking in the fight for climate justice – and is bringing together civil society, the public sector and the private sector in doing so.
“ But as well as discussing these issues and bringing together key stakeholders, we are taking practical action on the ground to help those most vulnerable to climate change – those in the world’s poorest communities in countries like Malawi – Scotland’s historic sister nation. By doubling the Climate Justice Fund we can provide genuine life-saving and life changing help to those communities.
“The Scottish Government has been at the forefront of the fight against climate change, such as our ambitious emissions reduction and renewables targets. It is an honour to partner with Mary Robinson in taking this agenda forward, and highlights yet again how Scotland can set a good example on key global issues.”
Chris Hegarty, Chair of the Enough Food for Everyone IF Scotland campaign said:
“The Scottish Government’s announcement today to increase its Climate Justice Fund is a major victory for supporters of the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign in Scotland. It is an important step along the road to Scotland repaying its climate debt to the poorer countries, and a timely example to other nations who should follow suit.
“Climate change is having a major impact on the ability of people in developing countries to grow enough food for themselves and their families. If we are to live in a world free from the scandal of global hunger, it is vital that we help vulnerable communities to adapt to the changing climate. This is not charity but a matter of justice, as wealthy industrialised nations such as Scotland are widely acknowledged as having caused the problem.”
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