With the support of players of People's Postcode Lottery, Friends of the Earth Scotland (FoES) are taking action to tackle climate change and protect the environment, benefitting communities throughout Scotland.
Players have raised an amazing £300,000 for Friends of the Earth Scotland over the last three years to help the charity work to protect Scotland’s environment for everyone.
This year, Friends of the Earth Scotland have been highlighting the issue of urban air pollution. Air pollution is not just bad for the environment, it's bad for everyone's health – seriously affecting thousands of people every year in Scotland’s cities. The charity therefore welcomed the news that the Scottish Government is putting its new clean air strategy into action, with a new Low Emission Zone planned for 2018.
Friends of the Earth Scotland also celebrated a major campaign win when the Scottish Government implemented a ban on underground coal gasification. Some research suggests this fossil fuel technology could put local communities and environments at risk and might have made it even harder to hit Scotland’s climate targets. The decision furthered FoES’s goal, which is to make Scotland ‘fossil-free’.
Following the Paris climate agreement in late 2015, Friends of the Earth Scotland have been working hard to support climate action in Scotland. Global targets only work if strong local action is taken.
For this reason, the charity has been supporting a growing climate movement, bringing together activists in Edinburgh for a series of workshops and planning meetings. They also held the biggest ever gathering of young climate activists in Scotland at their Young Friends of the Earth Europe summer camp in Angus.
Thanks to the support of players of the People's Postcode Lottery, the charity was able to make sure young people from across Scotland could attend the camp. The 60 young people who attended from all over Europe were inspired by the experience and went back to their communities brimming with ideas for action on climate change.