Use this time to create firm Green Policy

We should be also thinking of creating new Green ideas for policy after coming out of lockdown. We should be trying to get away from families having a petrol car each. Free rail and bus travel, they do it in other countries. Green fuel in all buses. Staggered working hours to re introduce people to new working patterns post Covid. Incentives for businesses to increase working from home. Free insulation for homes and cut price incentives for home owners. Increase fuel allowance for 66 years and older. We could create a better air quality for city dwellers which would take pressure off nhs. Just a few ideas.

Why the contribution is important

We want Scotland to be forward looking, able to carry out futuristic policy, to improve quality of life for its population rather than just accept things as they are, a lot of them tied to old fashioned thinking, not questioned for many years. Changing policy would then create new jobs and accelerate

by IndyScot1000 on May 06, 2020 at 10:46AM

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  • Posted by Ccd May 06, 2020 at 11:39

    We should take the opportunity to accelerate the use of EV, and increase home / communual EV charging facilities. Public transport should not be encouraged other than where necessary until a vaccine is in place
  • Posted by jennyw May 06, 2020 at 11:43

    Sometimes I feel that the powers that be pay lip service to environmental concerns, ticking boxes. This is an opportunity to make drastic changes to our carbon footprint. Time to be serious about renewable energy. Attitudes to flippant consumerism and disposal of waste. Let's make this a real time of change for the better and not just lip service or falsifying targets.
  • Posted by jo37scot May 06, 2020 at 11:52

    Definitely been great having less cars on the road. Staggered working hours is also very sensible to allow freer flow of traffic. There has had to be a lot of waste during Covid - ie plastic gloves etc, would be good to try offset this by making more places in Scotland plastic free.
  • Posted by Winnieand May 06, 2020 at 11:54

    While I think it would be easier to have free green buses in cities. How do we manage that in smaller towns and rural communities?
  • Posted by RosG May 06, 2020 at 12:15

    This is an ideal time to implement some pretty wide-reaching changes that will improve our environment. There will be countless aspects to this, but at a time when people are living differently, and to some extent getting used to living more locally, not using cars so much, and not flying, it’s a perfect opportunity to look at what policies could be brought in that would encourage folk to hang on to any ‘greener’ or healthier habits they might have developed during the lockdown period. Cities starting to look at ways to re-design road and pavement space is a great example of this. Can the Scottish government do more to encourage councils not to be too timid? Thought needs to be given now as to how workers are going to commute. It’s likely a lot of folk will be reluctant to use public transport, and there certainly isn’t space for everyone to drive. Cities could be redesigned around mass bike use. More cycle hangars/ parking, more segregated cycle lanes, more roads closed to cars.
  • Posted by EmmaHart May 06, 2020 at 13:14

    I too would like to see the end of the "lip service" approach to climate change and see the government making some bold moves to take advantage of the gains in greener lifestyle that have come with the lockdown. As a citydweller, I can say that my neighbourhood has turned into an (almost) car-free paradise. It is quiet, I can hear the birds, the air is clean. This is the kind of city I have always wanted to live in. I dread it going back to the car-filled, pollution-filled environment that we had before - this is the only reason why I want lockdown to continue!! So, please Scottish Government, act on your warm words and do whatever you can to make this state of affairs long term. We don't own a car, and I can't see why the majority of citydwellers (who are not disabled or have specific work-related reasons) need one either - we are a member of a car club and this provides us with affordable transport when we need it.
  • Posted by NanaLaura May 06, 2020 at 15:07

    Please take this opportunity to move towards a cleaner, greener future. I would like to see legislation introduced that actively discourages the throwaway/disposable/instant gratification culture that has such a detrimental effect on our environment
  • Posted by Am_Broc May 06, 2020 at 15:08

    Tha na sràidean faisg oirnn loma-làn bhaidhseagalan an-dràsta agus bhiodh e math nan leanadh seo às dèidh a' ghlasadh sìos. Feumaidh sinn barrachd bun-structair airson còmhdhail gnìomhach, barrachd cuideam air còmhdhail phoblach agus barrachd smachd air càraichean sna bailtean againn.
  • Posted by Bannerman May 08, 2020 at 17:54

    This is a very good idea.
  • Posted by mallan May 09, 2020 at 23:07

    Your idea seems like a reiteration of existing policy. I thought the intention of this forum was for original ideas to help us out of the current crisis
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