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April

2018

Air Pollution

Parliamentary briefing – air pollution debate

A briefing ahead of the Scottish Parliament debate on the ECCLR Committee’s air quality report on 17th April, with a special focus on the need to improve plans for Glasgow’s Low Emission Zone. Key points in tackling Scotland’s illegal air pollution 1. Air pollution is still killing off around 2,500 people a year in Scotland...

09

April

2018

Just Transition

Proposals concerning the remit and powers of the Just Transition Commission

In creating a Just Transition Commission, as announced in September 2017, the Scottish Government has an opportunity to set out a path for a radical and fair transformation of the Scottish economy, moving towards both eliminating greenhouse gas emissions and greater social justice and environmental sustainability. To drive these changes forwards, it will need to...

09

April

2018

Just Transition

What is the Just Transition Partnership calling for?

The Just Transition Partnership was set up by Friends of the Earth Scotland and the STUC in October 2016. It also includes WWF Scotland and the unions Unite, UNISON Scotland, UCU Scotland, CWU and PCS. It’s calling for a Just Transition in Scotland, moving to a modern low-carbon economy in ways which protect workers’ livelihoods, create...

25

March

2018

Air Pollution

Scottish Environment LINK’s Letter of Resignation to the Cleaner Air for Scotland Governance Group

Scottish Environment LINK has resigned from the Cleaner Air for Scotland’s Governance Group, citing their frustration and disappointment around delays in tackling air pollution, and poor input into Glasgow’s draft Low Emission Zone plans as key reasons. Friends of the Earth Scotland’s Air Pollution Campaigner Emilia Hanna, and Professor James Curran MBE, Honorary LINK fellow,...

20

March

2018

Air Pollution

Letter to Glasgow City Council re: Low Emission Zone

On Friday, Glasgow City Council published draft proposals for a Low Emission Zone which fall well short of the mark in delivering clean air. We, together with Friends of the Earth Glasgow, Cycling UK Scotland, Get Glasgow Moving, Global Justice Now, Stop Climate Chaos Scotland and WWF Scotland have written to the City’s Environment, Sustainability and Carbon Reduction City...

19

March

2018

Just Transition

Scottish National Investment Bank Parliamentary Briefing – Mar 2018

Friends of the Earth Scotland has been working for some years to champion public finance and funding to stimulate a just transition to a zero-carbon economy. We welcome the creation of the Scottish National Investment Bank but believe there is much more work is to be done to ensure it is established on a green...

08

February

2018

Environmental Rights

Written Evidence: Planning Bill, Stage 1 (Feb 2018)

Friends of the Earth’s written submission in response to to the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee’s call for evidence for their scrutiny of the Planning (Scotland) Bill at its first parliamentary stage. In our evidence, we call for the Bill to be improved by: Giving planning the explicit purpose of delivering sustainable development, and...

07

February

2018

Fracking

Parliamentary Briefing – Stemming the Plastic Tide (Feb 2018)

Friends of the Earth Scotland's briefing to MSPs ahead of the Scottish Parliament debate "Stemming the Plastic Tide: Action to Tackle the Impact of Single-use Plastics on Land and in our Seas," on Wednesday 7 February 2018.

16

January

2018

Environmental Rights

Parliamentary Briefing – Civil litigation and access to environmental justice (Jan 2018)

Friends of the Earth Scotland's briefing to MSPs ahead of their first debate and initial vote on the Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) Bill.