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Clean Air Day 2019

That the Parliament celebrates Clean Air Day, which will be marked on 20 June 2019 and will be coordinated by Environmental Protection Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government; understands that the day will provide an opportunity to raise awareness about air pollution and allow everyone to share information with friends, family and colleagues regarding how everyone can help make the air cleaner and healthier; acknowledges that World Environment Day 2019 had the theme, #beatairpollution, and that low air quality can effect vulnerable people with chronic conditions, children and older people the most; believes that, to be effective, low-emission zones must be very robust; recognises the value of safer active travel in the context of cleaner air; considers that, in the face of the climate and environment emergencies, steps need to be taken by government, local authorities and people across Scotland to ensure that air quality improves, and hopes that everyone enjoys a positive Clean Air Day and is able to take part and commit to work together to improve air quality.

Supported by: Mark McDonald, Monica Lennon, John Mason


Onshore Wind Week

That the Parliament welcomes Onshore Wind Week 2019, which is dedicated to celebrating the many successes of the onshore wind industry across the UK; notes the report from Vivid Economics that states that the average household would save £50 each year, and thousands of jobs would be created, if the UK Government lifted what it considers its block on support for new onshore wind projects; reflects on the cautious optimism expressed at the Scottish Renewables Onshore Wind Conference held as part of Onshore Wind Week; agrees with calls from trade unions and the STUC for more renewables and manufacturing jobs in Scotland, and calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that its policies are optimised to support Scotland’s onshore wind sector, which already supports 5,800 jobs, generates £2.8 billion in revenue and displaces millions of tonnes of carbon each year.

Supported by: Mark Ruskell, Patrick Harvie, Lewis Macdonald


Stow Primary, Better Energy Scottish Champion

That the Parliament congratulates Stow Primary School on its excellent work on sustainability and reducing plastic waste; notes that one of its pupils, Pierre Mac, worked hard to put together a video report on the school’s work, which has been published on the BBC website; recognises that the school was named as the Scottish Champion at the 2019 Better Energy School Awards; notes that its work on sustainability has been pupil-led; understands that this has included fantastic initiatives, such as it being the first school in the country with a reverse vending machine for plastic bottles, swapping plastic for bamboo toothbrushes and making "Reece the Recycled Cow" from recycled materials; wishes it the best of luck at the UK awards in London on 18 June, and encourages other young people across Scotland to follow what it sees as the Stow pupils' trailblazing example.


Land for the Many

As an amendment to motion S5M-17545 in the name of Andy Wightman (Land for the Many), insert at end ", and encourages the Scottish Land Commission to study the report and consider what it might offer for the further development of land policy.”

Supported by: Monica Lennon


Lanarkshire Breastfeeding Summit

That the Parliament commends NHS Lanarkshire for demonstrating its commitment to protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding through its second breastfeeding summit, and recognises the work done to bring maternity staff, health visitors, nutritionists, social work and mums together to discuss and promote the importance of having breastfeeding facilities available within NHS and council facilities for both staff and the wider public.

Supported by: Elaine Smith, Monica Lennon, Richard Lyle, Kenneth Gibson


World Environment Day

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.

Supported by: Elaine Smith, Jackie Baillie, Andy Wightman, Alex Rowley, Mary Fee, Mark McDonald, Colin Smyth, Gil Paterson, Neil Findlay, Alex Cole-Hamilton, Liam McArthur


Towards an Independent Palestinian State, a Scottish Proposal

That the Parliament notes calls for action towards an independent Palestinian state; recognises Britain's historical responsibilities in Palestine and Israel and notes the view that British engagement is needed for a better future; acknowledges Scotland’s role in influencing Britain to act for true equality, promoting a policy based on those universal values that Britain helped enshrine in international law; commends the work of the Balfour Project in advancing the education of the British public in the history of Britain’s involvement in the Middle East, and notes calls, including from people in the South Scotland region, for six measures to be taken, which are an end to the closure of Gaza, freedom of worship for all believers, respect for the rule of law, accountability, recognition of the State of Palestine alongside Israel and a UK Government commitment to defend the fundamental rights of both peoples.

Supported by: Neil Findlay, John Finnie, Ruth Maguire, Elaine Smith


Current Status: Achieved Cross Party Support
Earth Hour 2019

That the Parliament acknowledges that WWF Earth Hour 2019 will begin at 8.30pm on 30 March; understands that millions of people will turn off their lights for 60 minutes as a symbol of their commitment to both the planet and to halt climate change, including thousands of households across Scotland; notes that some of the country's most iconic landmarks. such as Edinburgh Castle, the Forth Bridge and the Kelpies, will also take part; recognises the support of Scotland’s local authorities, and acknowledges what it sees as the cross-party work that is taking place to ensure that Scotland's forthcoming climate change legislation will help to slow down and tackle climate change and its potentially catastrophic impacts.

Supported by: Monica Lennon, Ruth Maguire


Climate Emergency

As an amendment to motion S5M-16555 in the name of Mark Ruskell (Climate Emergency), leave out from ", and calls on" to end and insert "; calls on the Scottish Government to consider putting the Just Transition Commission on a statutory and fully funded footing to support workers in all sectors, including the oil and gas industry, and their communities; recognises the mandate from the public and the Parliament for a legislative ban on unconventional onshore oil and gas extraction; calls on the Scottish Government to help drive forward a green jobs revolution that will support the development of public and co-operative ownership models with the focus of delivering the energy that communities need, and understands the crucial need to address the climate change challenges impacting the natural world and ecosystems on which people depend."


Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 27/03/2019
Land Reform in Scotland, Delivering for Now and the Future

As an amendment to motion S5M-16445 in the name of Roseanna Cunningham (Land Reform in Scotland, Delivering for Now and the Future), insert at end “and assets, both rural and urban, across the country, and urges the Scottish Government to support the recommendations of the Scottish Land Commission on how to deliver interventions in the operation of Scotland’s land markets and ownerships that will provide disincentives to the future accrual of large privately owned land holdings and help deliver a more equitable distribution in the ownership of Scotland’s land assets in the public interest.”


Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 21/03/2019
 
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