People in Scotland ‘have a right to clean air’, Mark Ruskell MSP to tell Holyrood

THE Scottish Government will be challenged to “step up” to tackle air pollution in Scotland.

Scottish Greens MPS Mark Ruskell will confront ministers over the issue at a debate in Holyrood today.

And he will tell them all Scots “have a right” to clean air. Continue reading “People in Scotland ‘have a right to clean air’, Mark Ruskell MSP to tell Holyrood”

Air pollution is creating a ‘public health emergency’, says FOE Scotland

SCOTLAND’S environmental ambitions will come under scrutiny at Holyrood today.

Politicians will debate the nation’s air pollution problems following a recent report by the Environmental Climate Change and Land Reform Committee.

It called into question the timescales proposed to alleviate the “crisis” as come campaigners have already put it. Continue reading “Air pollution is creating a ‘public health emergency’, says FOE Scotland”

#SGPConf Scottish Greens agree emergency motion backing MSP Mark Ruskell’s call to thwart ‘toxic Tory pen’ on fracking

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THE Scottish Green Party voted overwhelmingly today to back a motion calling on the Holyrood government to make fracking illegal in Scotland by enshrining it into law.

In an impassioned speech to the party faithful, Mark Ruskell MSP called on members to back a motion he is putting to the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday urging the SNP administration to outlaw the practice with legislation.

He said they were “so close” to making it happen.

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#SGPConf: Patrick Harvie says Scottish Greens are ‘leading the change’ to a fairer future

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THE Scottish Greens are ‘leading the change’ across the country, co-convenor Patrick Harvie will tell delegates at the party’s annual conference in Edinburgh today.

He will accuse other parties of ‘playing catch-up’ in proposing policies for a ‘fairer and greener country’.

It comes as the Scottish Green Party, who are heading close to a full-house at their event at Edinburgh Napier University, are buoyed by recent successes around their involvement in frack and smacking bans.

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Friends of the Earth Scotland say use of fracking must be banned by Holyrood now before Westminster post Brexit power grab pushes deal through

FRIENDS of the Earth Scotland are calling on the Scottish Government to push ahead with a complete ban on fracking – or risk seeing its controversial use being railroaded through by Westminster post Brexit.

Dr Richard Dixon, Director of Friends of the Earth Scotland, said they are “alarmed” to learn Holyrood could face a power grab from London in areas of environmental protection, fracking licensing, fishing and farming.

It has emerged those may be transferred to the UK Government at the point of Brexit – including decisions over fracking.

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OneKind petition sees thousands call for an end to culling of mountain hares before winter open season

ANIMAL welfare charity OneKind has handed an 11,000 name petition to Holyrood’s Public Petitions Committee calling for an end to mountain hare culling.

They claim they should be protected on conservation and animal welfare grounds.

It suggests an end to all culling of mountain hares in Scotland’s National Parks introducing a Nature Conservation Order.

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Patrick Harvie MSP offers alternative Green Programme for Government to create fair and clean economy

THE Scottish Government has been challenged to put a green economy at the heart of its new legislative agenda and to make sweeping changes to its proposed Climate Bill.

Scotland’s parliament returns to Holyrood today, with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon expected to lay out her government’s plans for this session later this week.

Scottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie issued a statement on the eve of its return demanding she and her cabinet colleagues look at key issues to deliver what he called a fair and clean agenda. Continue reading “Patrick Harvie MSP offers alternative Green Programme for Government to create fair and clean economy”