Scottish Parliament election 2016
Now that the Scottish elections are over, it’s time to ensure the new Scottish Government lives up to its manifesto commitments. We want nature and the environment to be high on the political agenda – and we need your help.
How to help
Write to your MSPs to remind them of their obligations to nature (find out who your MSPs are by entering your postcode). Tell them why nature is important to you, but you may also want to include some of the suggestions below.
What nature needs
A Food and Farming and Health Bill
Scotland’s current food system is no box of chocolates. A Food, Farming & Health Bill would focus on ensuring that the food we grow in Scotland is good for us and also good to the environment.
We need to change our food system to make the nutritious food that is produced in Scotland is consumed by Scots, so that we improve diets, and reduce the distance that food travels between farm gate and the plate. This is being proposed by the Scottish Food Coalition, of which RSPB Scotland is a member.
All children have access to nature and the outdoors
Outdoor learning is now an entitlement for every child through the Curriculum for Excellence, yet outdoor learning is still not embedded with many secondary schools, leave a considerable amount of young Scots, especially in those from deprived areas, not having access to the countryside.
More needs to be done to address the misconceptions of high costs and the lack of training and confidence of teachers.
Ensure Scotland’s ongoing commitment to nature
Scotland has some world-leading and robust nature laws, but many need better implementation.
We need the next Government to ensure we reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 42 per cent by the year 2020 via the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, protect and restore biodiversity on land and at seas and to support healthier ecosystems via the 2020 Challenge for Scotland’s Biodiversity Strategy and enforce penalties for wildlife crime.