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Oxfam calls for Scotland to lead the way on climate change

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The charity wants the Scottish Government to set a zero emissions target

An international charity has called for Scotland to lead the way on climate change.

Oxfam Scotland has said that the Scottish Government has an opportunity to show global leadership in tackling emissions.

The government is already proposing a 90% cut in emissions by 2050 through its new climate change legislation – but Oxfam wants to see a zero emissions target set.

Lisa Stewart, campaigns and communications manager at Oxfam Scotland, said that further action is needed.

She said: "Scotland must send a clear message ahead of these talks that we reject any back-sliding on climate change and, in doing so, the First Minister has the opportunity to cement Scotland's reputation on climate justice whilst demonstrating substantial global leadership."

The call follows the release of new research by the charity which has shown that climate change will hit the most vulnerable the hardest.

Stewart added: "The First Minister has promised to show global leadership on climate change and now she must live up to her words by committing Scotland to a target of zero net emissions.

"Only a zero-carbon future can stop communities and countries from being wiped off the map."