COP27: Addressing the Climate Emergency

By Kenneth Gibson, MSP Cunninghame North Following the cautious progress made during COP26 in Glasgow, COP27 in Egypt was always going to be a difficult summit, with many leaders from across the globe vociferously defending their countries’ immediate economic and geopolitical interests. That is to say those leaders who even attended a conference aimed at …

Science and the Parliament November 2022

By Sally Campbell INNOVATION The Royal Society of Chemistry runs a conference every year in Edinburgh, with speakers and panels across scientific disciplines and a panel of MSPs who speak to the topic under discussion. This year, after 2 years of absence due to COVID, it was good to meet again, visit interest groups and …

I will fight ‘morally indefensible’ austerity

A statement from Katy Clark MSP last month on the situation facing the people of North Ayrshire (and all over the UK) this winter: West Scotland MSP Katy Clark has described Tory plans for further austerity as “morally indefensible” as she pledged to fight it in the months to come. Last week, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt …

Labour MSP calls on new PM to launch Marshall-style plan for the economy

The following statement from Katy Clark’s office on 5th September has turned out to be an interesting piece of political foresight, given that what Katy Clark calls for is exactly what Liz Truss and colleagues have gone on to not do… New PM Liz Truss must urgently launch an “unprecedented package” to fight “post-war levels …

Arran Leads the Way on Marine Protection

By Kenneth Gibson, MSP for Cunninghame North Many Arranachs are rightly proud of the fact that Scotland’s first ever marine “No-Take Zone” was established in Lamlash Bay back in 2008. It was a hard-fought victory which would not have been possible without the successful campaigning work of the Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST), convincing local …

Millions called on to stand up for wildlife

The RSPB is calling on people across the UK to help protect wildlife and halt the UK Government’s attack on nature Writing on the RSPB website last week (Tuesday 27 September 2022), the call comes in response to what they call “an unprecedented attack on nature and the laws that protect it by the UK …

Long-termism for the planet…

….and the contrast with UK Government and Corporate Behaviour By Sally Campbell When I read the daily updates on the world, I get depressed and especially now with the advocates in the UK of a free market, massive oil, and gas expansion, to include fracking; the Government is threatening a bonfire of important environmental regulation; …

September ferry news from Katy Clark MSP

“ENOUGH IS ENOUGH” ON ARDROSSAN HARDBOUR DELAYS 22nd September Scottish Labour MSP Katy Clark today called on the Scottish Government to take “urgent compulsory measures” to make progress on the delayed upgrades to Ardrossan Harbour. Speaking in the Scottish Parliament, she noted the “failure by Peel, the landowners, to agree a deal” had “led to …

Scotland’s Biodiversity Strategy and Consultation

The Scottish Government is seeking views on how it should tackle the biodiversity crisis through a new Biodiversity Strategy which will drive this transformation. The consultation is open until 12th September. See below for more details and how to do this. From RSPB Scottish nature notes: Kirsty Nutt 27th July 2022 The Scottish Government is …