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Scottish climate event to join COP28 Global Day of Action 

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UN talks continue to take place in Dubai. 

Scots will join a global day of action on Saturday, December 9 to show their support for climate action during the COP28 UN talks taking place in Dubai.

The Edinburgh event will bring together the voices of thousands of people united for action to tackle the climate and nature crisis, secure sustainable jobs, and a fairer, greener, healthier society for everyone.

A wave of global events will take place midway through the COP28 climate talks, and follow a year of devastating climate impacts around the world, UK Government announcements rolling back on climate and nature policies, and the Scottish Government recently delaying its vital new climate plan.

The event is organised by the Stop Climate Chaos Scotland coalition, alongside the UK wide Climate Justice Coalition, local groups and activists. 

Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) is a diverse coalition of over 60 organisations campaigning together on climate change, including RSPB Scotland, Christian Aid Scotland, and Unison Scotland. 

Speakers will cover the headlines from the COP28 talks, highlight the climate impacts being experienced around the world, the opportunities to deliver a fair transition for workers and communities and to protect nature, and the threat posed by new oil fields such as Rosebank and an extra gas-fired power station at Peterhead. 

Becky Kenton-Lake, from Stop Climate Chaos Scotland said: “Two years ago over 100,000 people took to the streets of Glasgow to tell world leaders at the COP26 climate talks they wanted action on the climate and nature emergencies.

“Since then, despite record breaking temperatures and increasingly devastating climate impacts, we have seen a lack of robust and urgent action to reduce emissions, protect nature, or make the biggest polluters pay for the damage they are causing.

“People in Scotland have been demanding climate and nature action for years, but temperatures and injustices continue to rise - so now we are rising. This event will give everyone the opportunity to send a strong message to decision makers and show that Scotland stands with other events around the world during the UN climate talks COP28.”