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July

2019

Climate

Prime Minister Johnson must make Climate Emergency his priority

Responding to the announcement that Boris Johnson has been chosen as leader of the Conservative Party, Friends of the Earth Scotland Head of Campaigns Mary Church commented, “Boris Johnson's number one priority as Prime Minister must be tackling the climate emergency. Deep, systemic changes must be delivered to bring down c

19

July

2019

Air Pollution

Lacklustre pollution plans mean cars will choke Edinburgh public for years to come, say campaigners

Environmental campaigners have criticised the Low Emission Zone plans from City of Edinburgh Council, as a public consultation draws to a close this Sunday (21st July). Friends of the Earth Scotland has criticised the Council for proposals that they say will do very little to tackle the air pollution that is damaging public heal

11

July

2019

Climate Energy Just Transition

New Oil and Gas Licensing Round Goes Beyond Climate Breakdown

  Commenting on the launch of a new offshore oil and gas licensing round today by the UK's Oil and Gas Authority: Mary Church, Head of Campaigns at Friends of the Earth Scotland, said: “L

19

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