An environmental charity is calling for a transformation in Scottish Government spending priorities to tackle the climate emergency. Ahead of the Scottish Budget, Friends of the Earth (FotE) Scotland urged ministers to prioritise sustainable transport in a bid to slash carbon emissions. The charity want to see road projects such as the dualling of the A9 and A96 to be halted, with savings passed on to greener travel projects. FoE Scotland said the Scottish Government has committed over £2.5billion to spending on motorways and trunk roads in the last three budgets.
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Every year, the Scottish Government set out their spending plans for the following year in a process called the budget. As a minority government, they depend on negotiating the support of another party. This briefing, sent to MSPs, sets out the policies that Friends of the Earth Scotland think should be in the 2020/21 budget to reduce Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions. In particular, this year’s budget should tackle the dual challenges of climate change and air pollution, unlocking the huge health and social benefits of sustainable transport, by reducing the billions of pounds being spent on major roads.
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