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Alloa rejects vile SDL

Mark Ruskell MSP Fri 17 Mar

The sight of the Scottish Defence League on the streets of Alloa was a shameful betrayal by the tiny band of local thugs who invited them in. In contrast communities across Clacks should be proud of their response to the refugee crisis, welcoming families fleeing the most unimaginable suffering and heartbreak. Blaming the poverty in our own communities on those who have lost everything is a betrayal of our humanity and can only survive on ignorance.

Time to clean up our act on air quality and congestion

Kerstin Romano Fri 17 Mar

Dunfermline’s Appin Crescent is the most polluted street in Fife, according to a report recently published by Friends of the Earth Scotland. Fife Council published an Air Quality Action Plan for the street back in 2015, but progress has been slow, and Mid Scotland and Fife’s Green MSP Mark Ruskell has raised the issue in Holyrood, calling it a ‘public health crisis’.

Let’s get our rail services back on track

rcr14146 Fri 17 Mar

Green councillors and MSPs have a long history of fighting for decent public transport for all, from the Better Buses campaign in Glasgow, to campaigning against axing rural routes in Dumfries and Galloway.

With coal trucks no longer rolling towards Longannet we have the opportunity to reopen the Dunfermline to Alloa line and create a rail link all the way to Glasgow.

Mark hits out at fish farming industry over “meaningless” labelling scheme

16 March, 2017 - 10:21

Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (16 March) hit out at the fish farming industry over a “meaningless” labelling scheme as the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation holds a reception in Edinburgh.

Mr Ruskell will today speak alongside the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture, Compassion in World Farming, and the Save our Seals Fund, who have jointly raised concerns about public funding for the Label Rouge accreditation scheme, which they say has no environmental or animal welfare standards. 

Mark said:

Snaring review maintains outdated and inhumane traditions

14 March, 2017 - 16:05

Scottish Green MSPs are urging Scottish Ministers to rethink their response to a review of animal snaring after they failed to support a complete ban on the cruel and unnecessary devices.

A review by Scottish Natural Heritage, published today, looked at how snaring of mammals and birds has been carried out and makes recommendations to change the regulations but the review did not consider the option of a ban.

Climate Plan shows Scot Gov have given up on walking & cycling, and reducing pollution from farming

10 March, 2017 - 09:12

Scottish Green MSPs say that the draft Climate Plan published by the Scottish Government shows that ministers have given up on key issues such as increasing walking and cycling, and reducing pollution from farming. Four Holyrood committees have today (10 March) published reports criticising the draft plan.

Scottish Greens environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP, a member of Holyrood's Environment Committee, said:

We Must Make The Most of Tax Powers

Mark Ruskell MSP Wed 8 Mar

It was with mixed emotions that I spoke up at the final Stirling Council meeting last week. I’m standing down as Councillor for Dunblane & Bridge of Allan in May to focus on my role as your regional Green MSP. But part of me will always feel rooted in the communities I’ve served as a councillor and the need to champion the local services that support us all.

That need to protect frontline council services was top priority for Green MSPs as we approached the recent budget negotiations at Holyrood.

Safer streets: MSP says 20mph limit will save hearts and lungs

5 March, 2017 - 10:02

Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell today said statistics showing the prevalence of heart and lung disease in different parts of Scotland underline the need to cut traffic pollution by reducing the urban speed limit from 30 to 20 mph.

People recognise Tory greenwash

22 February, 2017 - 13:55

Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (22 Feb) described Tory proposals for the environment as "greenwash".

Mark said:

“The frackers’ friends, the Tories, have no environmental credentials. Actions always speak louder than words, and the actions of their UK Government have set back the creation of jobs in Scotland’s renewables industry. 

"As they flap about, trying to shed their nasty image, people will recognise greenwash when they see it.” 

Scotland being dragged into corporate power grab by Government happy for big business to call the shots

15 February, 2017 - 14:09

Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (15 Feb) warned that the approval of the controversial EU-Canada trade deal known as CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) could make fracking in Scotland more likely.