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August

2020

Just and Green Recovery

Scottish Covid-19 Recovery Blueprint Woefully Inadequate

Commenting on the Scottish Government's response to the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery report, published today, Friends of the Earth Scotland Head of Campaigns Mary Church said, “The Scottish Government's blueprint for economic recovery is a woefully inadequate response to the scale of the challenges we face from COVID

30

July

2020

Just and Green Recovery Just Transition

Commission’s report is a fraction of what is needed for a Just and Green Recovery.

Environmental campaigners have welcomed the Just Transition Commission's recommendations for a green recovery but warned they fall far short of what's needed to tackle the linked crises of the pandemic and climate emergency. The Commission's recommendations are in response to a request for advice from the Scottish Government

29

July

2020

Climate Transport

Scottish Government support for Heathrow expansion cannot continue in Climate Emergency

Reacting to the news that the Scottish Government has reaffirmed its commitment to a third runway being built at Heathrow, despite the climate impacts, Friends of the Earth Scotland Director Dr Richard Dixon commented, “It beggars belief that the Scottish Government have not even considered withdrawing from their backroom d

24

July

2020

Just and Green Recovery

Young people demand just and green recovery plan from coronavirus

Scottish Youth Climate Strike & Young Friends of the Earth Scotland Press Release Young people across Scotland are protesting to demand a plan that delivers a just and green recovery from coronavirus. On Thursday (23/7/20) evening, banners appeared in key locations across Scotland calling for a radical response to Scot

23

July

2020

Air Pollution

Safe Streets Funding Has Huge Regional Disparities, Analysis Shows

New analysis has highlighted huge disparities in council spending on temporary traffic measures to ensure safe social distancing. While all Councils can apply for Government funding, Dundee City Council secured enough for a spend of £16-per-person, while Falkirk Council applied for just enough money for £1-per-person. The S

16

July

2020

Air Pollution Transport

Council-owned buses would be boost to public health in Aberdeen, say campaigners

Environmental campaigners have welcomed the news that Aberdeen City Council is moving forward with a proposal to buy out the city’s First Bus fleet. Local media reports that with First Aberdeen under big financial pressures due to Covid-19, the Council is exploring a takeover. Other options include turning the bus service into

08

July

2020

Climate Just and Green Recovery Just Transition

Summer Statement: Chancellor Fails to Seize Moment for Change

Comments from Friends of the Earth Scotland in response to the Chancellor’s Summer Statement. Caroline Rance, Friends of the Earth Scotland Climate and Energy Campaigner, said: “While there are some welcome announcements from the Chancellor today, when I was watching the statement I couldn’t help but wonder if he’d l

26

June

2020

Just and Green Recovery

Digital Rally Demands Scotland Builds Back Better from Coronavirus

People across Scotland have joined an online rally today [Friday 26th June], urging the First Minister to ensure that Scotland’s recovery from Coronavirus puts people and planet before profit. Participants have shared pictures across social media, holding signs with messages such as ‘We need a recovery plan for people and

22

June

2020

Climate Just and Green Recovery

Report fails to chart path to a greener, fairer Scotland for all

The Scottish Government’s Advisory Group on Economic Recovery published their report this morning suggesting how Scotland should recover from coronavirus and the restrictions that accompanied it. Earlier today, key workers held a small, socially-distanced protest outside St Andrews House to call for an economic recovery plan t