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...
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.
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.
Parliamentary Briefing – Raising Scotland’s Climate Ambition (Oct 2017)
The statement on progress against our greenhouse gas targets, given by Scottish Government’s climate minister Roseanna Cunningham on 31 October 2017, is the Scottish Parliament’s last chance to discuss climate change ahead of the critical UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn from 6-17 November. Our briefing to MSPs ahead of the ministerial statement called on...
Parliamentary Briefing: Banning Fracking in Scotland
Our briefing to MSPs ahead of the final Scottish Parliament debate and vote on the hard-won fracking ban.
Parliamentary Briefing: Air Pollution in Scotland (Sep 2017)
The Programme for Government announced on 5 September included some big victories for FoES’ campaign against the deadly and illegal levels of air pollution in Scotland, but there is a lot left to do. We issued this updated briefing to MSPs ahead of a Ministerial Statement, scheduled for 27 September, on the Scottish Government’s response...
Parliamentary Briefing: Environmental Rights
Our briefing to MSPs ahead of a Scottish Parliament debate on 19 September 2017 entitled Dignity, Equality and Human Rights for All. Scotland has just been found in breach of our duty under the United Nations’ Aarhus Convention to ensure access to environmental justice, and FoES calls for a comprehensive review of the Scottish legal...
Evidence to the ECCLR Committee on Air Quality
The Environment, Climate Change, and Land Reform Committee put out a call for evidence on air quality in the summer of 2017. Read our submission here.
MSP briefing – Air pollution in Scotland: Tackling a public health crisis
Friends of the Earth Scotland recommends four actions the Scottish Government could take right now to tackle the crisis: a Low Emission Zone in every city in Scotland, investing 10% of the transport budget into walking and cycling, giving councils more power to improve bus services, and making 20mph the default speed limit in built-up areas.