Interim chief of Scotland’s new deposit return scheme body promises ‘world class’ service

The interim director a new group announced to oversee Scotland’s long awaited deposit return scheme has hailed it as a “game-changer” in driving Scotland’s circular economy and green ambitions. Donald McCalman said the new body – Circularity Scotland Limited – would deliver a world class scheme with a vision of making it “work for all”. The new not for profit group, announced today, is made … Continue reading Interim chief of Scotland’s new deposit return scheme body promises ‘world class’ service

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OPINION: Unless drastic action is taken over the next nine years melting Arctic and Antarctic ice caps will be more than a newspaper front page

Although many family cycling shops stayed open during the latest lockdown, the Scottish Government should ensure funding is available for small cycle firms to be set up easily and cycle training courses reskill people who have lost their jobs as the pandemic obliterated our high streets. Continue reading OPINION: Unless drastic action is taken over the next nine years melting Arctic and Antarctic ice caps will be more than a newspaper front page

Organic Ayrshire milk farmer shows bottle with plastic free crowdfunding bid

AN Ayrshire farmer who wants to turn his organic dairy plastic free has launched a crowdfunding appeal to try and make it happen.

And Bryce Cunningham is already a quarter if the way towards his £10,000 target.

He hopes it can make the Mauchline-based enterprise the first plastic free organic dairy in the UK. Continue reading “Organic Ayrshire milk farmer shows bottle with plastic free crowdfunding bid”

Friends of the Earth Scotland appeal for help in funding INEOS legal action on fracking

FRIENDS of the Earth Scotland has started a crowdsourcing campaign for donations as it looks to face down fracking firm Ineos in court.

In an email to supporters, Head of Campaigns Mary Church said: “This week INEOS are in court trying to overturn Scotland’s ban on fracking.

“We fought hard over the last six years to get this ban in place because of the serious risks the fracking industry poses for our climate, health and environment. Now we are making a groundbreaking public interest intervention in the case to protect the ban.” Continue reading “Friends of the Earth Scotland appeal for help in funding INEOS legal action on fracking”

Friends of the Earth Scotland move to face frackers Ineos in court challenge

ECO campaigners have thrown their support behind the Scottish Government as it faces being sued over its fracking ban by lodging a so called ‘public interest intervention’.

INEOS and Reach Coal Seam Gas are seeking a judicial review of the Scottish Government’s decision to ban fracking.

It is thought that would be a precursor to a multi-million claim against Scottish taxpayers over the decision. Continue reading “Friends of the Earth Scotland move to face frackers Ineos in court challenge”

Urgent campaign launched by Friends of the Earth Scotland as country’s first LEZ falls-short

FRIENDS of the Earth Scotland have hit out at Glasgow City Council after it published plans for the roll-out of the nation’s first low emissions zone.

Scotland’s largest city is the worst affected by filthy air pollution, and targeted for the first LEZ roll-out deliberately to help it clean up.

The environment group is now calling on people to support a petition condemning the council and urging them to do more. Continue reading “Urgent campaign launched by Friends of the Earth Scotland as country’s first LEZ falls-short”

Edinburgh University agrees to axe fossil fuel investments within three years

CAMPAIGNERS demanding University of Edinburgh stop investing in fossil fuels claimed victory tonight after the institution agreed.

The university Court said it would end involvement with the controversial arrangements within three years.

It brings to an end years of protests, sit ins and pressure from eco groups, staff and students. Continue reading “Edinburgh University agrees to axe fossil fuel investments within three years”

Schools ‘Nae Straw At Aw’ campaign is hailed by First Minister at Holyrood

TWO Scots primary school shave been hailed by the Scottish Government for setting out an example of how the nation can fight against waste plastic.

Sunnyside Primary in Glasgow and Ullapool Primary school in the Highlands worked to persuade businesses to ditch using plastic straws.

Now their impressive ‘Nae Straw At Aw’ has seen them recognised at Holyrood after MSP Kate Forbes cited the campaign in the Scottish Parliament. Continue reading “Schools ‘Nae Straw At Aw’ campaign is hailed by First Minister at Holyrood”

Friends of the Earth Scotland push for a law banning fracking outright ahead of crucial vote next Tuesday

FRIENDS of the Earth Scotland are calling on people to back a new call for Scotland’s fracking ‘ban’ to be enshrined in law.

They are urging supporters and interested parties to contact their MSPs ahead of a final vote on Tuesday (October 24).

And they have set up a dedicated web-page to capture information from supporters, with more than 700 already signed up.

Continue reading “Friends of the Earth Scotland push for a law banning fracking outright ahead of crucial vote next Tuesday”

Friends of the Earth Scotland highlight ‘climate emergency’ as pressure grows over new bill

CAMPAIGNERS claim the Scottish Government proposals for a new climate change bill ‘fails to deliver’ on what is needed to tackle what they say has become a ‘global emergency’.

Friends of the Earth Scotland say worst affected regions are looking to countries like Scotland to throw them a lifeline by being acting more boldly.

They took their argument to the government’s St Andrew’s House HQ in Edinburgh  today where a giant globe highlighting worldwide warming was unveiled.

Continue reading “Friends of the Earth Scotland highlight ‘climate emergency’ as pressure grows over new bill”