Bring forward the date for Zero Greenhouse Gas emissions
The current target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions is insufficient and we need to massively increase our ambition, bringing forward the target date for zero emissions.
We passed the safe atmospheric concentration of CO2 of 350ppm in the late 1980's (1). In addition, as a rich nation in the global north, Scotland has been responsible for a significant proportion of the excess emissions beyond this point (2).
Scotland's current target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 was developed using a bottom up approach. So it has resulted in a proposed pathway which will see more than double Scotland's fair share of the remaining carbon budget (3) if we are to meet our Paris climate agreement obligations. These obligations are themselves already a failure for the global south and future generations.
Accordingly, the target date is insufficient and needs bringing forward.
Why the contribution is important
If the target date for zero emissions is not considered then we will fail to meet our obligations under the Paris climate agreement, fail to meet our moral obligations to the poorer people in the world and fail to meet our moral obligations to future generations.
by Paul on October 13, 2020 at 09:40PM