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Parliament agrees our call for fishing vessel trackers to stop illegal dredging

Tue 11 Dec, 2018

The Scottish Parliament tonight (11 Dec) agreed to a call from the Scottish Greens for tamper-proof fishing vessel trackers to clamp down on illegal activities such as scallop dredging.

Following this afternoon’s Sea Fisheries debate, MSPs voted by 62 to 31 to support the Green demand for robust vessel tracking and monitoring technology on all Scottish fishing boats.

We need climate leadership, not complacency

Mark Ruskell MSP Fri 7 Dec, 2018

I’ve met many people living with the climate emergency. Families on the brink of losing homes to rising storms on Vatersay, Malawian villagers desperate for rain so they can grow food and Saami women who have seen their Arctic forests burning for the first time.

Victory in the fight to ban the mechanical harvesting of kelp by dredging

Tue 20 Nov, 2018

The Scottish Green Party has today hailed victory in the fight to ban the mechanical harvesting of kelp by dredging.

Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform confirmed that she will support Green plans to prohibit the practice, in response to a question from Highlands and Islands Green MSP John Finnie

Ruskell concerned as oil & gas industry has no Plan B to deal with climate

Tue 20 Nov, 2018

Scottish Greens Energy spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP today (20 Nov) voiced concerns that the leadership of the oil and gas industry in Scotland has no “Plan B” to deal with the reality of tackling climate change.

At today’s meeting of Holyrood’s Environment committee, taking evidence on the proposed Climate Change Bill, Mr Ruskell highlighted the submission from industry body Oil & Gas UK which fails to acknowledge the global trend of ending fossil fuel exploration and banning the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles. 

Scot Gov plans to increase incineration seven-fold in the next three years

Wed 14 Nov, 2018

The Scottish Greens today (14 Nov) challenged the Scottish Government over its plans to increase the incineration of waste to over 1 million tonnes per year in the next three years – seven times the amount currently burnt.

Ruskell welcomes inquiry by Holyrood committee into Safer Streets bill

Fri 9 Nov, 2018

Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell, whose Safer Streets bill aims to reduce injuries and deaths by making 20mph the standard speed limit in built-up areas, today (9 Nov) welcomed the launch of an inquiry by Holyrood's Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee into the proposal. 

SNP Ministers detached from reality by failing to respond to climate warnings

Thu 1 Nov, 2018

SNP Ministers are "detached from reality" by failing to respond to the latest scientific warnings that we only have 12 years left to avert climate catastrophe, according to the Scottish Greens.

New routes for export of live animals must prompt Ministers to rethink stance, says Ruskell

Tue 30 Oct, 2018

New routes for the export of live animals from Scotland for slaughter overseas must prompt Scottish Ministers to rethink their stance and rule out the cruel practice once and for all, according to Mark Ruskell MSP, Food & Farming spokesperson for the Scottish Greens.

Ruskell welcomes SNP climb-down, after Ministers attempted to delay urgent action on climate

Thu 25 Oct, 2018

Scottish Greens climate change spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP today (25 Oct) welcomed the SNP Government’s climb-down, after Scottish Ministers were criticised for attempting to delay urgent action called for by global climate scientists.

Pedestrian deaths & cyclist injuries show need for safer speed limits, says Ruskell

Wed 24 Oct, 2018

Figures showing a rise in pedestrians killed in traffic collisions and the highest level of cyclists seriously hurt for ten years underline the need for safer speed limits in built-up areas, according to Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell.