Scotland to fund climate change projects in Africa worth £15 million and, maybe, save elephants too



Scotland will spend £3 million per year over 5 years from its Climate Justice Fund to help developing countries in Africa who suffer most from climate change to both improve their quality of life and at the same time to reduce their own contribution to that climate change. £600 000 is to be spent on six projects announced in the run-up to Climate Week (18-22 September). They include:

  • a solar-powered electricity grid to power a cooling system for milk production (location unspecified);
  • upgrading water and electricity infrastructure in a small farming community in Malawi;
  • turning waste into energy and recyclable plastic in an urban area of central Zambia;
  • improving the nutrition of schoolchildren in Malawi.

These projects come on top of earlier announcements of aid and scientific research contributions from Scottish institutions and scientists. See these recent examples:

Scottish Government small grants worth nearly £500 000 help world’s poorest

Scottish Veterinary researchers working to improve the health and productivity of farmed animals in sub-Saharan Africa.

Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said:

‘Climate change is a huge injustice. The poorest and most vulnerable people across the world are the hardest hit, but they have not caused the problem. Scotland has cut its greenhouse gas emissions by over 40% and is championing climate justice because we take our international obligations very seriously and we know that countries like Scotland have a clear moral duty to make sure our lifestyles do not cause harm to the world’s poorest people. I am proud of our innovative Climate Justice Fund which is providing much needed investment to empower many thousands of people in Africa’s most vulnerable communities to find new skills and their own solutions to make them resilient in the face of climate change.’

Once more the values expressed in the actions of the Scottish Government contrast sharply with those held by Theresa May and her colleagues. See this from an earlier piece here:

‘David Cameron promised to put a ban on ivory trading in place.  Prince William is a vocal supporter of a ban after seeing the horrors of it in Africa first-hand. Even China has promised a ban by the end of this year and they use it in medicine! However, under pressure from powerful lobby groups such as the British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA), Theresa has left it out of the manifesto adding her callousness regarding fox-hunting to a shocking disregard for elephants. The BADA president is Lady Victoria Borthwick, Tory MP.’

We have less elephants than Tory MPs in Scotland (none) which is lucky because Theresa has just agreed to turn a blind eye to ivory trading.

Footnote: While we’re on Chinese medicine, Scotland seems likely to help reduce the demand for elephant tusks by selling fallen antlers instead. See:

‘Scottish deer antlers head for Chinese medicine market’


2 thoughts on “Scotland to fund climate change projects in Africa worth £15 million and, maybe, save elephants too

  1. Clydebuilt September 17, 2017 / 6:16 pm

    I’ve often thought the most efficient way to spend money targeted at global warming is to put new pistons and liners into the engines of 3rd world trucks and buses. The black smoke they chuck out must be the equivalent of a hundred 1st world vehicles. . . .


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