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Committee backs Green calls for urgent climate action

Mon 4 Mar, 2019

Scottish Greens environment and climate change spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP has today (4 March) called on the Scottish Government to up its ambition on tackling climate change following the publication of the Scottish Parliament’s Environment Committee report on the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill.

The committee has backed Green calls for greater urgency to stop global temperatures rising to dangerous levels, and acknowledged the necessity to set a net zero target for all greenhouse gas emissions.

Scotland needs 20mph vision for safer streets

Mark Ruskell MSP Fri 1 Mar, 2019

It was over three decades ago that a child in my class at school was struck down and killed while out playing on his bike. His death sent out a shock wave throughout the whole school community and although I didn’t know him that well, his death still preys on my mind today, especially when I see my own kids enjoying playing out.

Fight Plastic Pollution With Coffee Cup Levy

Thu 21 Feb, 2019

The Scottish Greens today (21 Feb) urged Scottish Ministers to set a 25p-per-cup levy on disposable coffee cups to end the "scourge" of plastic pollution.

As part of the Green budget deal for 2019/20, ministers agreed to consider charging to reduce single use disposable drinks cups, with a commitment to bring forward legislation within the next year.

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.