Greens have slammed other parties for ignoring the evidence on climate change after they blocked calls to speed up renewable energy and oil and gas decommissioning in a Scottish Parliament debate today (15 Jan 19).
SNP, Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat MSPs voted against Mark Ruskell’s amendment which urged an accelerated energy transition in response to the most recent warnings of catastrophic climate change.
Scottish Green MSPs say their consistent pressure for action to improve animal welfare prompted today’s (9 Jan) announcements from the Scottish Government on CCTV in abattoirs, stronger penalties for animal cruelty and fresh legislation on fox hunting.
Scottish Greens food and farming spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP said:
Proposed legislation by a Green MSP for a safer speed limit in built-up areas will help counter the obesity epidemic by making outdoor activity a more attractive option for children and their families, according to a leading child health expert.
In a blog supporting Mark Ruskell's Restricted Roads (20 mph Speed Limit) (Scotland) Bill, Professor Steve Turner, Officer for Scotland, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, writes:
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.
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
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.