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“This is the greenest Programme for Government in the history of the Scottish Parliament. The Scottish Government has put improving and protecting the environment at the heart of their legislative and policy programme”.
This was the first reaction of the Director of Friends of the Earth Scotland, Dr. Richard Dixon, to the government programme announced on September 5th by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, which includes a package of measures to protect the environment and combat climate change.
In a press release issued by Friends of the Earth Scotland on that same day, Dixon added “Promises here will reduce climate change emissions, save people from air pollution and help Scotland become a leading example of a low carbon country. This package is a very significant step towards a fossil-free Scotland”.
The most prominent measures include: phasing out diesel and petrol vehicles from 2032; tackling air pollution with 4 Low Emission Zones across Scotland by 2020; a new Just Transition Commission to help Scotland move to a low-carbon economy fairly; a new National Investment Bank to fund long term, patient projects; a deposit return scheme for bottles and cans; a decision on fracking in the coming weeks.
Real World Radio interviewed Dr. Dixon to know more about the new measures, the rationale behind them, their importance and a potential announcement on fracking expected any moment now, among other issues. We also took the opportunity to ask the Director of Friends of the Earth Scotland about an action promoted by the organization (see: https://act.foe.scot/climate-action) aiming to push the government to take on deeper commitments to reduce polluting emissions in the framework of a new legislative proposal about climate change.
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