Scotland will launch a ‘Climate Justice Fund’ this spring in response to the impact of climate change on the world’s poorest communities.In a parliamentary debate on climate justice on Thursday, Minister for Environment and Climate Change Stewart Stevenson, confirmed that the Government would launch the Climate Justice Fund in the coming months.
Judith Robertson, Head of Oxfam Scotland, said: ‘Today marks a milestone for Scotland. Not only has the Scottish Parliament been the first parliamentary chamber to debate Climate Justice worldwide but by announcing that Scotland will launch a Climate Justice Fund in the spring, Scotland is again leading the way by setting an example for other countries to follow in championing and delivering climate justice.
‘Oxfam sees the fight against poverty and the fight against the effects of climate change as interrelated efforts. Developing countries will need to develop their own adaptation plans but many do not have the funds to invest in protecting their own people so the international community will need to assist them.
‘Oxfam Scotland therefore congratulates the Scottish Government on its innovative Climate Justice Fund. We note that the fund will rightly be used to finance projects in developing countries, specifically aimed at supporting poor communities to adapt to the negative effects of climate change and in doing so, complement Scotland’s world leading climate legislation.
‘Oxfam Scotland looks forward to working with the Scottish Government to ensure that the Climate Justice Fund can be a best exemplar for other countries to follow to deal with climate injustice.’
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