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November

2017

Divestment

Councils: Fuelling the Fire

This report shows that UK council pension funds invest over £16 billion in fossil fuel – the industry most responsible for climate change. Scottish councils were found to have £1.8 billion invested in fossil fuels: 4.2% of the scheme. The data also show that between 2015-2017 Scottish council investment in fossil fuels increased by £146...

04

April

2017

Climate

Divest and Reinvest: Scottish council pensions for a future worth living in

Scotland’s councils continue to invest in the companies most responsible for climate change, holding a £1,683 million stake in fossil fuel companies through their pension funds. This report by Common Weal, UNISON Scotland and Friends of the Earth Scotland details the investments of Scottish councils, comparing their investments in fossil fuels with renewable energy and...

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March

2017

Environmental Rights

An Environmental Rights Centre for Scotland – Background, Context and Vision

This paper from Scottish Environment LINK’s Legal Strategy Subgroup sets out the background, context and vision for our proposal for an Environmental Rights Centre for Scotland.

18

January

2017

Climate

Joint Statement on Just Transition

It’s time for a Just Transition in Scotland, moving to a modern low-carbon economy in ways which protect workers’ livelihoods, create a new industrial base and deliver a fairer Scotland. The need for action is urgent in order to avert the environmental and economic costs of climate change and to rebalance the economy to one...

17

January

2017

Climate

Report from Just Transition conference

Read the report from our conference 'How to get a Just Transition to a Low Carbon Economy in Scotland' held in Glasgow in December 2016.

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January

2017

Climate

Joint Statement on Just Transition

Read our Joint Statement calling for a Just Transition in Scotland with partners the Scottish Trade Union Congress, Communication Workers Union Scotland, Public and Commercial Services Union Scotland, Unite Scotland, Unison Scotland, University and College Union Scotland, and WWF Scotland. 

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December

2016

Environmental Rights

An Environmental Rights Centre for Scotland? – A Discussion Paper

This paper from Scottish Environment LINK’s Legal Strategy Subgroup sets out the case for an Environmental Rights Centre for Scotland ahead of our seminar of the same name on 14 December 2016.

15

November

2016

Energy

Delivering on the Promise of Decentralized, Community-Controlled Renewable Energy Access

Authors: Brandon Wu (ActionAid USA), Dr. Anne Schiffer (Friends of the Earth Scotland), Bridget Burns (Women's Environment & Development Organization) Published September, 2016   The world is in the grips of a climate crisis driven by greenhouse gas emissions, of which the largest single source is the energy sector. Any successful global effort to mitigate...

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September

2016

Air Pollution

Call for an increase in spending on walking and cycling

In advance of the Spending Review, we have joined forces with thirteen other organisations and written to the Finance Secretary, Derek Mackay, to urge the Scottish Government commit a minimum of 10% of the overall transport budget to supporting walking and cycling by 2020, with a significant step in that direction in the next budget....