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Greens call for rail expansion

Wed 29 May, 2019

Scottish Greens are calling on communities across Scotland to apply for new local rail funding to help tackle the climate emergency.

Tory MSP seeks amendment to transport bill for his own car

Tue 21 May, 2019

Motoring enthusiast and Tory MSP Murdo Fraser has lodged an amendment to the Transport Bill which would exclude his own classic car from low emission zone legislation.

Mr Fraser’s amendment would provide an exemption for cars over constructed over 30 years ago despite the far greater emissions from older vehicles. [2]

Tackling emissions from petrol and diesel powered vehicles is a key part of reducing air pollution and addressing the climate emergency.

Climate must be at heart of future budgets

Tue 14 May, 2019

The Scottish Greens will not support future Scottish Government budgets unless Ministers prioritise tackling the climate emergency in all policy areas, according to the party’s Climate Spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP.

Responding to a statement for the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change in parliament, this afternoon Mr Ruskell welcomed the Scottish Government’s movement on the issues, but highlighting that action cannot wait.

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Scot Gov must prove it is serious on climate emergency

Tue 14 May, 2019

Scottish Greens Climate Spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP has today challenged the Scottish Government to prove it’s serious about tackling the climate emergency, ahead of a major statement on the subject in parliament this afternoon. 

Greens: Ambitious climate action required

Thu 2 May, 2019

Scottish Greens Climate Spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP has called on the Scottish Government to take ambitious action to tackle the climate emergency.

Mr Ruskell’s comments come in the wake of the publication of new advice by the Committee on Climate Change.

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Greens respond to Climate Emergency declaration

Mon 29 Apr, 2019

Responding to reports that the SNP has performed a dramatic u-turn, declaring a climate emergency, Scottish Greens Climate Spokesperson Mark Ruskell said: 

“Last month SNP MSPs voted against my motion to declare a climate emergency. 

“Following the First Minister’s declaration at her party conference on Sunday, I had hoped that we may be seeing a welcome change of direction rather than just another press release.

Ruskell queries ‘final warning’ on Mossmoran flaring

Thu 25 Apr, 2019

Scottish Greens MSP Mark Ruskell has urged the Scottish Government to take action after gas flaring by ExxonMobil at its Mossmoran plant since the Easter weekend has led to record complaints from affected residents.

Mr Ruskell, Green MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, has called on the First Minister to intervene after the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) said it was launching a new investigation into the flaring, despite them having already issued ExxonMobil with a ‘final warning’ letter in April 2018 over ‘preventable and unacceptable’ flaring.

Greens call for bill to recognise climate emergency

Tue 2 Apr, 2019

Scottish Greens Environment and Climate Spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP will this afternoon (2 Apr) call on the Scottish Government to listen to the experts and listen to public opinion by increasing the ambition in its climate change bill. 

Mark Ruskell MSP said: 

“Last week every other party in the Scottish Parliament voted against our proposition to declare a climate emergency. 

Parliament fails declares a climate emergency

Wed 27 Mar, 2019

Scottish Greens Environment and Climate Spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP has expressed his disappointment after the Scottish Parliament failed to declare a climate emergency this evening.

The Greens brought forward a motion noting the need to act in the face of the climate emergency, but every other party in parliament voted it down.

Mark Ruskell MSP said:

“It is hugely disappointing that the Scottish Parliament has failed to face up to the climate emergency.

Greens to declare climate emergency

Wed 27 Mar, 2019

Scottish Greens Environment and Climate Spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP will today (27 March) lead a debate calling on the Scottish Parliament to declare a climate emergency.

Mr Ruskell will highlight a recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shows that we have just over ten years left to take the bold and urgent action required to keep global temperatures below 1.5 degrees Celsius, and he’ll praise the work of the young people in Scotland and beyond who have been taking part in school strikes to highlight the issue.