Intervention in judicial review of fracking ban
Our public interest intervention in INEOS and Reach Coal Seam Gas’ judicial review of the Scottish Government’s decision to ban fracking as submitted to the Court of Session. Our intervention argues that not only is the ban on fracking lawful, but that the Scottish Government is arguably required to ban fracking in order to meet...
Open letter from climate scientists to Scottish Government on net-zero emissions target
A dozen of the world’s leading climate scientists have published an open letter urging the Scottish Government to set a new target of net-zero emissions by 2050 at the latest in the upcoming Climate Change Bill. “As scientists and researchers working on climate change and how to address it, we are all too familiar...
Open letter to Scottish Ministers on carbon neutral farming
Fifty organisations, academics and individual farmers including the National Farmers’ Union of Scotland, Scottish Land and Estates, Scottish Crofting Federation and Friends of the Earth Scotland are calling on the Scottish Government to do more to help agriculture substantially reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Agriculture and land use is responsible for nearly a quarter of...
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,...
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...
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...
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.
Response to Edinburgh Labour’s Draft Manifesto
Our response to Edinburgh Labour’s Draft Manifesto, in which we: – highlight the need for a stronger commitment on a Low Emission Zone for the city – Congratulate the party’s commitment to active travel investment – Call for more ambition on supporting community power – Ask the party to work with the Pensions Committee to...
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...