In this response we support proposals for a new direct, segregated cycle path from Roseburn to Leith due to its potential to encourage modal shift, cut climate emissions, and cut air pollution. We note that further information on traffic modelling and expected air quality impacts needs to still be provided and question the accuracy of the current traffic model which does not take into account the potential for modal shift from the scheme.
At the end of 2015 the Scottish Government launched a review of planning. The scope of the review is very wide ranging and we have fed in to recommend that through the Planning review the Scottish Government introduce equal rights of appeal and a place to hear them, and better protection for air quality through the planning system. Read our full response here.
In advance of a debate brought forward by Labour about air pollution for 18th November, Friends of the Earth Scotland, Sustrans Scotland, British Heart Foundation Scotland and Transform Scotland briefed MSPs about the impacts of air pollution in Scotland, and the Scottish Government's newly launched "Cleaner Air for Scotland" Strategy.
Air pollution is causing a public health crisis in Scotland. It is responsible for thousands of early deaths each year and reduces the quality of life for many more, especially children, older people and people made vulnerable by chronic health conditions. It also has a damaging effect on ecosystems and wildlife. Taking action on air pollution can deliver health and wellbeing benefits, generate economic savings, and help Scotland achieve compliance with its Climate Change targets.
Friends of the Earth Scotland welcomes the Making Things Last consultation from the Scottish Government, as well as the Government's effort to make Scotland a leading region in Europe in circular economy.
Moving towards a circular economy is the next logical step in delivering a Zero Waste Scotland. It will help us use materials more efficiently, reduce climate emissions and create local jobs.
2015 is a crucial year in the fight against climate change. This December world leaders will meet at the UN climate change talks in Paris to conclude negotiations for a new global deal on climate change. So far, 20 years of international negotiations have failed to bring about an agreement in line with climate science or climate justice, but a fair and ambitious agreement has never been so desperately needed.
This briefing will tell you more about what’s at stake, what Friends of the Earth Scotland are demanding and how you can get involved.
Climate change is a complex topic. Terms such as 'equity', 'historical responsibility', 'INDCs' and 'fair shares' are used during climate negotiations and in the media coverage around them. Friends of the Earth International has published a series of factsheets to explain what these terms mean and why we advocate for climate justice.
What is 'equity', 'historical responsibility' and 'system change'? Can we stay below a 1.5℃ increase in temperature? And what needs to happen to avoid further increases?