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?
Air pollution in many parts of Scotland is breaking legal limits and putting public health at risk. Download our briefing to find out more about the problem, what the solutions are, and how you can get involved.
Friends of the Earth Scotland fully supports the introduction of a deposit and return system for packaging in Scotland. Such a scheme would be popular with shoppers, benefit retailers, create local employment, reduce Scotland’s carbon emissions, make better use of material resources and help Scotland move towards a Circular Economy. This is our response to a consultation by Zero Waste Scotland.