Observing Scotland’s Climate Assembly

Observing Scotland’s Climate Assembly How should Scotland change to tackle the climate emergency in an effective and fair way? A report by Pauline Robinson On the Weekend of 12th and 13th December I had the opportunity to be an observer at the second weekend of Scotland’s Climate Assembly. The assembly process has brought together a …

Members’ Debate on Establishing More No Take Zones

A report from local MSP Kenneth Gibson On 15 December, I was privileged to lead a parliamentary debate on the success of ‘No Take’ Zones (NTZ) and how they protect Scotland’s precious marine life. This was my second Member’s debate since the chamber reopened in September. On 08 September my debate on Foetal Alcohol Spectrum …

Vote secures some key post-Brexit nature protections, but major gaps remain

The Fight for Scotland’s Nature campaign reports here on the recent vote that took place at Holyrood on the EU Continuity Bill. As part of this Bill a new environment watchdog is being set up to safeguard vital environmental protections after the Brexit transition. In last month’s Voice for Arran we highlighted that a significant …

Bereavement leave must be enshrined in law

A report from Patricia Gibson MP, writing on 6th December 2020, concerning her work campaigning for bereavement leave. Last week, I was delighted to lead a Westminster debate highlighting the need for statutory paid bereavement leave for all workers who lose a close family member or partner. In recent years, I worked cross party to …

Welcome improvements to Scotland’s EU exit laws, but bill must go further for nature

MSPs received more than 17,000 emails calling for a strong, independent Scottish environment watchdog. On 24th and 25th November, MSPs voted to make important improvements to the Scottish government’s EU Continuity Bill, including strengthening the independence of the new watchdog. But as it stands, the watchdog still won’t be able to take action on individual …

Nature on the Ballot and the Parliament of Things

An article by Kurt Cobb, printed here 22nd November 2020 There were some obvious and even historic ways in which nature was on the ballot this year in the United States: • Orange County, Florida voters overwhelmingly approved a charter amendment to give rights to two rivers to be free from pollution. By a margin …

Consultation on restrictions to single-use plastics

The Scottish Government is currently holding a consultation on restrictions to single-use plastics (SUP). The issue of single-use plastics has become a popular concern over the past couple of years and one that has seen much attention in the media and some action already implemented by governments to stem the production of SUP such as …

The Long Read

The Long Read by Sally Campbell Science, Environmental Advocacy and Politics in 2020 I have found it increasingly difficult to listen to Donald Trump and other politicians as they spread what I know is false news, or half-truths to suit their political agenda or ego about just about everything. And in the UK, debates about …

Our Collective Responsibility

By Sally Campbell Sir David Attenborough in closing the Programme “Extinction: The Facts” said with heartfelt conviction: “I do truly believe that together we can create a better future. I might not be here to see it. If we make the right decisions at this critical moment, we can safeguard the planet’s ecosystems, its extraordinary …

It’s time for a wellbeing economy – but what does that really mean?

By Sarah Deas, WEAll Scotland Trustee Imagine an economic system which delivers social justice on a healthy planet: a system in which the economy works for the people, not the other way around. This is a wellbeing economy. At WEAll (Wellbeing Economy Alliance) Scotland, our goal is to work with governments, organisations, and individuals to …