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Safer speed limit supported by respondents to Holyrood committee

Wed 6 Feb, 2019

The roll-out of a safer speed limit of 20mph in built-up areas is supported by almost two-thirds of respondents to a Holyrood committee inquiry.

Today the Rural Economy & Connectivity Committee began taking evidence on the Safer Streets bill proposed by Mark Ruskell, Scottish Green MSP for Mid Scotland & Fife.

Safer speed limit of 20mph in built-up areas will "align Scotland to best practice"

Tue 5 Feb, 2019

The roll-out of a safer speed limit of 20mph in built-up areas will end "a throwback to the 1930s" and "align Scotland to best practice across the world", according to campaigners.

Later this week (w/b 4 Feb) Holyrood's Rural Economy & Connectivity Committee will begin its inquiry into the Safer Streets bill proposed by Mark Ruskell, Scottish Green MSP for Mid Scotland & Fife.

Other parties ignoring evidence on climate change

Tue 15 Jan, 2019

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.  
 

SNP & Tory MSPs block our call for funding to help farmers cut climate emissions

Thu 10 Jan, 2019

Green MSPs have slammed the SNP for letting down climate-friendly farmers who want to lead the fight to avoid a global climate emergency.

The stinging criticism comes after SNP and Tory MSPs used today’s Holyrood debate on Future Rural Policy to block calls from the Greens’ environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP for extra funding to help farmers to cut their emissions to net-zero

Green pressure for action on animal welfare pays off

Wed 9 Jan, 2019

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:

Ruskell's plan for safer speed limits will counter obesity says child health expert

Sun 6 Jan, 2019

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:

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.