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FoEheadingFriends of the Earth Scotland are hosting a FREE Spring Activist Gathering on Saturday 17 March 2018 10.30 – 16.30 in The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Road, Glasgow G51 3UU.

Whether you’re new to activism or a seasoned campaigner, help map the way ahead to a Fossil Free Scotland.

This event is open to members, supporters, local groups and anyone else who wants to find out more about what FoE Scotland do and how to become part of Scotland’s climate justice movement.

Activists from across Scotland will deliver sessions including:

  • Climate campaigning in 2018: Scotland’s new Climate Bill
  • Where next for anti-fracking campaigners in Scotland?
  • Making air pollution history: a vision for clean transport
  • Divesting to make fossil fuels history
  • Creative campaigning and audacious activism
  • Intersectional approaches to climate justice

Please note that bookings made through Eventbrite will be used to plan catering for the day, so please only book your (free) spot if you are sure you can attend! #lovefood #hatefoodwaste

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Update 24 Oct 17the Scottish Parliament voted to support and strengthen the Scottish Government’s proposal to ban fracking.

Recently the Scottish Government announced a ban on fracking which is a momentous win for communities and our climate. The Energy Minister announced that the existing moratorium would be extended indefinitely using planning and environmental regulation powers to effectively ban the fracking industry.

Over 60,000 people responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on fracking, the second largest number to engage in a consultation in the history of the devolved Parliament, with 99% calling for a ban. This is the largest number of people ever to express a single opinion to a Scottish Government official consultation.

However the Minister did not commit to putting the ban into law and the Scottish Government must seek Parliament’s approval for its plans to stop fracking, in a crucial vote in only a few weeks time. Friends of the Earth Scotland are asking you to contact your MSPs now to ask them to push the Government to go further and ask them to take the final step by passing a law banning fracking.

foeg_election_hustings_v2_apr17Friends of the Earth Glasgow and RSPB Scotland are hosting a hustings event – Environment Debates – in the run up to the Scottish Local Government elections in May. The event will take place from 7-9pm on Wednesday 19 April 2017 at Adelaide’s, 209 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 4HZ.

You can keep up to date with the event on the hustings Facebook event page or download the poster here foeg_election_hustings_v2_apr17

The Scottish Government are currently consulting on the future of unconventional oil and gas (and fracking) and Friends of the Earth Scotland are running an e-campaign to call for fracking to be banned.

community-calendarThis event is listed on our online community calendar along with lots of other events in the local area and beyond – check out the calendar to see what else is going on!

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frackingconsultThe Scottish Government recently launched a consultation into the use of fracking. The future of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland has proven both complex and controversial, and deeply held, sincere views have emerged on all sides of the debate.

A dedicated website www.talkingfracking.scot has been created for the duration of the consultation that will provide user-friendly information on unconventional oil and gas and the findings of the research commissioned by the Scottish Government. Discussion tool-kits have also been created to help communities and other groups participate in the consultation, which will run from 31 January to 31 May 2017.

Friends of the Earth Scotland Head of Campaigns Mary Church said:

Fracking is bad for the climate, bad for public health and threatens communities across Scotland. Nation-wide resistance led the Scottish Government to call a halt to onshore gas drilling and fracking two years ago. If we don’t turn the current moratorium into a ban, communities across the central belt of Scotland will continue to be at risk from this dirty industry.

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