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June

2019

Air Pollution Climate

MSPs back Workplace Parking Levy Powers: Welcome news for climate and air pollution

Campaigners welcomed news that MSPs today (19/6/19) voted in favour of giving powers to councils to implement a Workplace Parking Levy. The Scottish Parliament's Rural Economy and Connectivity (REC) Committee passed an amendment during Stage 2 of the Transport Bill. The powers would allow councils to introduce a Workplace Par

14

June

2019

Divestment

Climate protests as Glasgow Council refuses to change path on fossil fuel investment

Pension fund members and local residents will today (14/6/19) gather outside the Annual General Meeting of the £20 billion Strathclyde Pension Fund to protest against its investments in companies driving climate change. The Strathclyde Pension Fund is estimated to be investing £800 million in fossil fuel companies, despite

13

June

2019

Air Pollution Transport

MSPs vote down Safer Streets Bill

Campaigners today (Thursday 13th June) lambasted MSPs as the Scottish Parliament voted down the ‘Safer Streets’ bill, which would have reduced the default speed limit from 30mph to 20mph. The Private Members Bill from Mark Ruskell MSP was not supported by the Scottish Government, and received 26 votes in favour, 83 against,

12

June

2019

Air Pollution Transport

Councils to be given powers to set up bus companies

Campaigners praised a move that could deliver a step-change in public transport, as councils were given the powers to run their own bus services in competition with private operators. On Wednesday morning, the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy Economy and Connectivity Committee passed two amendments during Stage 2 of the Tra

12

June

2019

Waste

Environmental groups call for new Scottish law to tackle waste and resource use

Scottish Environment LINK Press Release, issued by Friends of the Earth Scotland Environmental campaigners are today (Wed 12 June) calling on the Scottish Government to bring forward new laws to tackle waste and pollution from plastics and other materials by reducing resource use. Scottish Environment LINK - the umb

11

June

2019

Air Pollution Transport

Demonstration in support of 20mph Safer Streets Bill

Campaigners are today (Tuesday 11 June) planning a demonstration outside the Scottish Parliament in support of plans to make 20mph the default speed limit for residential streets across Scotland. A grassroots coalition of active travel and environmental organisations alongside ordinary Scots will be marking the lives that would

05

June

2019

Air Pollution Transport

MSPs weaken plans to tackle air pollution

Environmental campaigners have warned that MSPs’ have today seriously weakened the Low Emission Zone plans and undermined their ability to tackle air pollution. MSPs on the Rural Economy Economy and Connectivity Committee passed a series of amendments during Stage 2 of the Transport Bill which set out the provisions for Low Em

05

June

2019

Air Pollution Transport

MSPs urged to help beat air pollution on World Environment Day

On UN World Environment Day (Wed 5th June), environmental campaigners are calling on MSPs to take decisive action to tackle air pollution. The theme of this year’s global day of awareness and action is ‘Beat Air Pollution’. MSPs on the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee today will vote on measures that could improve

03

June

2019

Divestment

MSPs speak out against Parliament’s fossil fuel investments

A cross-party group of MSPs and former MSPs, including a former SNP Minister and a former Labour Party Leader, have joined forces to speak out about the Scottish Par