Action to tackle climate change will be at the heart of Nicola Sturgeon’s programme for government to be announced at Holyrood this week. As well as continuing legislation from the last session, the first minister will outline 14 new bills and set out the next steps she plans to achieve net zero emissions in Scotland. Tuesday’s announcements will entail a reprioritisation of government which will mean cuts to some existing budgets. Earlier this year, Sturgeon said there was a global climate emergency and that the government would redouble its efforts to meet climate change targets. Yesterday she said: “These actions simply cannot be left to others. The consequences of global change will be severe – and for some parts of the world, they will be existential. We must act. Friends of the Earth Scotland called on the government to implement a radical programme that will significantly reduce harmful climate emissions within the next decade. It says this should include ending support for new North Sea oil and gas, setting an end date for fossil-fuelled heating systems in homes, providing free bus travel for all and ensuring decommissioning and renewable energy jobs are kept in Scotland.
Times 1st Sept 2019 read more »
Friends of the Earth Scotland have today called on Nicola Sturgeon to back up her commitment to tackling the climate emergency by implementing a radical Programme for Government that will significantly reduce harmful climate emissions within the next decade. The environmental group has produced a suite of policy ideas that would ensure Scotland strengthens and delivers on its fair share of climate action. These include: ending support for new North Sea oil and gas; setting an end date for fossil-fuelled heating systems in homes; free bus travel for all; and ensuring that decommissioning and renewable energy jobs are kept in Scotland. The group highlight a statement made in May by the Secretary for Climate Change Roseanna Cunningham, who told the Scottish Parliament that “the Scottish Government will be placing climate change at the heart of everything that we do. I can confirm that it will be at the core of our next programme for government and spending review.” The ambitious list of ideas from FoES also includes measures to set improved targets in the current Climate Bill, cut use of natural resources and enact a full legal ban on fracking. Friends of the Earth Scotland Director Dr Richard Dixon said: “This week’s Programme for government is the Scottish Government’s opportunity to deliver on their fine words about the climate emergency. With school strikes and street protests, the public demand for radical action is enormous and the science is clear that climate emissions must be drastically reduced within the next decade.
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PATRICK Harvie is talking about hope, about what a hard sell it can be. He has just launched a Scottish Green New Deal, an upbeat and – he insists – practical platform for an environmentally cleaner and fairer economy. So the co-leader of the Scottish Greens should be pretty positive. And he is. But, as a populist hard-right Brexit looms, the Glasgow MSP also admits the right have been better than the left at turning despair into votes. The Scottish Greens have chosen an old printworks, Civic House, just under the M8 flyover at Cowcaddens, to unveil their plan, the first working of what they aim will one day turn in to a programme of government. This venue, home to a vegan canteen and work spaces, is now community owned. Its distressed brick walls smell of wet cement. “Hope is hard work these days,” Harvie says after stepping away from his podium. “Just look around the world at the climate emergency. “Our generation is being given a stern lecture by young people who are rightly angry at the way their world is being trashed. And what are we doing? We are watching the Amazon burn. In fact, we are watching it being burned deliberately.”
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