Motion ref. S5M-17512
World Environment Day
Submitted by: Claudia Beamish, South Scotland, Scottish Labour.
Date lodged: Monday, June 3, 2019
Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Alex Cole-Hamilton, Mary Fee, Neil Findlay, Liam McArthur, Mark McDonald, Gil Paterson, Alex Rowley, Elaine Smith, Colin Smyth, Andy Wightman
That the Parliament recognises that 5 June is World Environment Day 2019; notes that this year has been seminal in raising awareness of the environmental challenges facing governments; welcomes the decision to declare an environment emergency; further welcomes the actions of young people taking part in climate strikes; considers that this year’s theme, Beat Air Pollution, is particularly important given what it sees as the damage to health that such pollution can bring, especially for very old and very young people, vulnerable people with chronic conditions and people on low incomes; calls on the Scottish Government to back up its declaration of climate and environmental emergencies with further solid policy proposals for action in recognition of this awareness day; recognises what it believes are concerns regarding the country's internationally-binding 2020 biodiversity targets, and urges the Scottish Ministers to develop further bold inclusive actions to address this challenge and establish a post-2020 biodiversity action plan.