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BroccoliBillGlasgow City Council‘s arms-length organisation Cordia called on the young people of Glasgow to bring their favourite healthy food to life and create a character following the ‘healthy and happy’ theme. Over 1000 entries were received from schools across the city.

Ruairidh McKenzie, a P7 pupil from Clyde Primary School, won the competition with his wonderful Broccoli Bill design. Bill was then made in to a full size mascot as well as being used across Fuel Zone marketing materials.

Julia McCreadie of Cordia commented: “We were delighted to have had such a wonderful response to our mascot competition. Ruairidh showed off his creative skills and produced a design which embodies both healthy eating and Scottish heritage.”

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Glasgow City Council has announced it is to stop using plastic straws in more than 26 cafes in the council’s museums, sports centres, offices, schools and the city chambers after Glasgow primary pupils highlighted the plight of marine wildlife.

Persuasive pupils from Sunnyside Primary School in Craigend, are waging war on plastic pollution and their impressive #NaeStrawAtAw campaign has inspired Glasgow City Council to switch to more eco-friendly options.

From the end of February, Encore, the council’s commercial catering division, will no longer provide straws with customers’ drinks and people who ask for one, will receive an eco-friendly alternative. The use of pre-packaged drinks supplied with plastic straws will also be reviewed to see if more environmentally friendly options are feasible.

Follow the #NaeStrawAtAw campaign on Twitter!

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Veg Power is a campaign to encourage children in the UK to eat more veg.

Poor diet is now the greatest threat to health and well-being in the UK. Government guidance suggests we should be eating seven portions of fruit and veg a day. But a recent study by the Food Foundation showed that 95.5% of children aged 11-16 aren’t eating enough vegetables.

And with only 1.2% of food and soft drink advertising being spent on promoting vegetables to children, it’s not surprising kids find other, less healthy options so tempting.

#VegPower is part of Peas Please , which looks at the food system to find ways to overcome barriers to eating veg.

The #VegPower resources website has press notices, animations, social media assets, school lesson plans and more for you to use to help promote #VegPower.

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air-pollution-hearts_15311Friends of the Earth Scotland has analysed a list of the most polluted streets in Scotland which confirms that many streets are still failing to meet safety standards – and Dumbarton Road is still one of the worst.

The environmental campaign group analysed official Scottish Government data for two harmful pollutants, nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and coarse particles (PM10) which are known to be linked with serious health problems including heart attacks, strokes, respiratory illness and early death.

Last year Glasgow City Council announced that it will be developing the first Low Emission Zone in Scotland. And campaigners urged Glasgow City Council to ensure that its planned Low Emission Zone restricts the most polluting buses, vans and lorries by the end of this year, and for cars and taxis to be restricted by 2020.

Emilia Hanna, Air Pollution Campaigner for Friends of the Earth Scotland said:

“Once again, streets in Scotland have dangerous levels of toxic air pollution which are breaking legal limits. The situation across Scotland is potentially showing some slow signs of improvements but filthy streets continue to poison our lungs nearly a decade after a legal deadline.”

 

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Following the recent Go Bike AGM two new co-convenors have been appointed. Tricia Fort, who had been the convenor for the past few years has stepped down and the two new co-convenors are Dave Brennan and Iona Shepherd.

Go Bike have recently posted an introduction to both Dave and Iona on their website.

Iona said, “Dave and I are both really super excited about becoming co-convenors of GoBike and hope that you can help us guide you to change the West of Scotland to become better for people of all ages and all sizes, on and not yet on bikes. Thanks for having us along for the ride!”

foe_clean_air_0021-previewFriends of the Earth Scotland has published a list of Scotland’s most polluted streets in 2016, showing that streets in many parts of Scotland continue to have unsafe and illegal levels of toxic pollution seven years after a legal deadline and despite a Government plan to comply with clean air obligations.

This includes Dumbarton Road and Hope Street here in Glasgow which are among the 9 most polluted streets for nitrogen dioxide emissions.

There are now a total of 38 Pollution Zones in Scotland where air quality safety standards are regularly broken, up from 33 last year. In 2016 new official Pollution Zones were declared in Linlithgow and Newton in West Lothian, Johnstone and Renfrew in Renfrewshire, with another new one in Edinburgh’s Salamander Street coming into force later this month.

Levels of air pollution in our cities is causing an unacceptable public health crisis. FoE Scotland are asking you to write to the party leaders of Scotland’s cities today asking them to make an election pledge to deal with air pollution by developing plans for a Low Emission Zone and investing in walking and cycling in their city.

air-pollution-hearts_15311Friends of the Earth Scotland has released a list of the most polluted streets in Scotland which confirms that many streets are still failing to meet safety standards including Hope Street in Glasgow.

The environmental campaign group analysed official Scottish Government data for two harmful pollutants, nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and coarse particles (PM10) which are known to be linked with serious health problems including heart attacks, strokes, respiratory illness and early death.

The results have been published in light of news that the Scottish government may face court action if it fails to tackle the illegal levels of air pollution in Scotland’s major cities quickly enough.

According to an article in The Herald a Glasgow City Council spokesperson said… “While we have made good progress, we recognise that there is more to be done. We will continue to work together with our partners to reduce air pollution levels and improve the health of our citizens.”

Last week BCC Scotland Investigates aired Car Sick investigating the impact of car emissions on public health. The show is still available to watch on BBC iPlayer for another 3 weeks.

In addition FoE Scotland are calling on finance secretary John Swinney to allocate a further 1% of the road building budget to active travel – which will increase the active travel budget by 20% – please take a minute to sign and circulate the petition.
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