Category Archives: Environment

Ministerial Statement – Greenhouse Gas

The Cabinet Secretary for Environment Climate Change and Land Reform recently gave a report to the parliament on Scotland’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory. Meeting our 2015 greenhouse gas emissions target was welcome progress towards a zero-carbon Scotland, but if we … Continue reading

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Active Travel Debate

I was very pleased to contribute to the debate earlier in the week on promoting active travel in Scotland. We all know there are significant health, environmental, and economic gains from getting people to be more active. and the easiest … Continue reading

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#ShowTheLove for Nature

This Valentine’s Day RSPB are asking us all to “show the love” for our natural world. Each MSP was given a handmade brooch to remind us to cherish the green spaces, birds, and animals that we love. My green heart … Continue reading

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Last week, along with my colleague Colin Smyth MSP, I was delighted to visit a new and exciting business in Dumfries and Galloway, MacRebur, so they could tell us how the plan to transform our roads with plastic bottles. The … Continue reading

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Opening of the Clyde Walk Way Community Links Routes

On Friday I attended the launch of the Clyde Walk Way Community Links Route in the Popinjay at Rosebank. It was great to hear about the amount of work that has been put into this project by Clyde and Avon … Continue reading

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Take Part – Consultation on electro-fishing for razor clams

The Scottish Government is currently consulting on proposed amendments to the legislation prohibiting fishing with electricity. This law is being replaced, so the issue of electro-fishing for razor clams is under consideration. This is a welcome opportunity for fishermen and … Continue reading

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Sun Amp visit

I was delighted to visit Sun Amp, an exciting and ground-breaking renewable energy company based in East Lothian, along with my colleague Iain Gray MSP. We met with a number of the staff, including the Chief Executive, Andrew Bissell and Chief … Continue reading

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Enjoying local wildlife

I had a fantastic time camping out for RSPB’s Big Wild Sleepout. Time took on a different dimension as my partner Michael and I watched house martins in the twilight, then bats taking their place in the sky search for insects. … Continue reading

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The EU plays a significant role in facilitating Scotland’s leadership on climate change and energy issues. At the Paris Summit the sense of excitement was palpable, and while it is acknowledged that America and China paved the way for the … Continue reading

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Scottish Labour says – No ifs, no buts, no fracking!

This week the Scottish Government held a debate on the future of our environment, climate change and land reform. As the Scottish Labour Spokesperson for this portfolio, this debate provided an ideal opportunity to push the SNP Government to finally … Continue reading

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