Wheelhouse announces funds for climate justice

Paul Wheelhouse speaking at 'Achieving Climate Justice' event at GCU London.
Paul Wheelhouse speaking at 'Achieving Climate Justice' event at GCU London.

Some of the world’s poorest people will have access to secure water supplies thanks to the latest round of awards from Scotland’s Climate Justice Fund.

Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Paul Wheelhouse, MSP, made the announcement at the Achieving Climate Justice conference last week.

He says the initiative, which promises £2,845,808 for projects in Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania and Rwanda, will help those who have contributed the least to climate change and yet often suffer its worst effects.

And he is glad Scotland is leading developed nations in this field.

Mr Wheelhouse said: “During the Commonwealth Games, Dr Kandeh Yumkella, UN Special Representative, praised the Scottish Government’s championing of climate justice.

“I am delighted therefore to be taking our commitment further in confirming these six excellent projects will benefit from the second round of awards from our innovative Climate Justice Fund.

“People who have done the least to contribute to climate change suffer its consequences harshest. The Scottish Government recognises this and aims to address it.”

He described the very real difference he felt the six projects, which include equitable water schemes and resilience plans against flooding, could make to people’s lives.

“Our climate justice ambition is already delivering real results on the ground,” he said. “Scotland operates a modest budget, but in leading by example we may encourage other nations to use their larger budgets to tackle climate justice, learning from our existing projects.

“The key priority for these initiatives is to empower vulnerable groups in decision making to deliver climate resilience and alleviate poverty through water related projects. I very much look forward to hearing how they progress and initiate real, positive change for those affected by climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa.”

The Climate Justice Fund was launched in 2012 and has received praise from former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.