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Summary

  1. The transport secretary gives evidence on Scotland's winter resilience in the face of the 'beast from the east' and Storm Emma
  2. MSPs quiz finance and constitution ministers and then economy, jobs and fair work ministers during portfolio questions
  3. The Green Party leads a debate calling for the reversing of bus passenger decline
  4. The party will then lead a debate on local taxation
  5. SNP MSP Graeme Dey's member's debate celebrates Earth Hour 2018

Live Reporting

By Louise Wilson and Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all from Holyrood Live

    Council tax

    That's all from Holyrood Live on Wednesday 28 March 2018.

    The Scottish Green effort to have a motion passed calling for the end of the council tax was thwarted by a government amendment highlighting recent changes.

    The amendment stated the government was "open to further dialogue on options for local tax reform".

  2. Minister says individuals and households can make a difference

    Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham
    Image caption: Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham

    Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham says individuals and households can make a difference, as shown by the Earth Hour pledges and also the reaction to Blue Planet's highlighting plastic in the ocean.

    The minister says Scotland led the industrial revolution and has a responsibility to tackle climate change.

    Ms Cunningham says the new Climate Change Bill will increase the ambition of Scotland's long term targets.

  3. Background: Earth Hour: Lights off to preserve the planet's environment

    Sydney, Australia - Harbour Bridge and Opera House
    Image caption: Sydney, Australia - Harbour Bridge and Opera House
    Sydney, Australia - Harbour Bridge and Opera House
    Image caption: Sydney, Australia - Harbour Bridge and Opera House

    The world's most famous landmarks are plunged into darkness for one hour every year.

    The global Earth Hour campaign raises awareness about the impacts of climate change. It started in Australia in 2007 and is now observed by participants in 187 countries, according to organisers.

    Here are some major sites across the globe that dimmed their lights on Saturday 24 March 2018.

    Click here for many more around the world.

    Singapore - Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay
    Image caption: Singapore - Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay
    Singapore - Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay
    Image caption: Singapore - Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay
  4. 177 Scottish landmarks and monuments went dark for this year's Earth Hour

    Environment and Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham

    Environment and Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham says 177 Scottish landmarks and monuments went dark for this year's Earth Hour.

    Ms Cunningham says many schools also signed up and says this is the 10th year the Scottish government has backed the campaign.

    She says she is currently appointing an expert panel to consider environmental charges for wasteful behaviour.

  5. Background: Why take part in Earth Hour?

    WWF

    From the Earth Hour website: "Right now we’re up against the biggest environmental threats that our generation, or any generation, has ever faced.

    "Wildlife we love, like elephants, turtles and polar bears, are at risk from the effects of climate change, pollution & over-consumption.

    "The damage has been shockingly fast. Over the last 25 – 30 years:(Source: WWF-UK Living Planet Report)

    • 80% of freshwater species have declined
    • Over 50% of populations of land species have declined
    • 40% of our forests have disappeared to agricultural land with 15 million trees lost each year just for soy production
    • 1 in 6 of the planet’s species are at risk of extinction from climate change"

    Read more here.

  6. MSP congratulates WWF on keeping climate change to the fore all year round

    Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur
    Image caption: Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur

    Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur shows his Earth Hour credentials from the get go, 'pandaring' somewhat to WWF Scotland!

    Mr McArthur says the Earth Hour campaign is going from strength to strength.

    The Lib Dem MSP says there needs to be a Warm Homes Bill to help eradicate fuel poverty.

    He congratulates WWF on keeping the issue of climate change to the fore all year round.

  7. 'The momentum for change is unstoppable'

    Green MSP Mark Ruskell
    Image caption: Green MSP Mark Ruskell

    Green MSP Mark Ruskell says actions like running a wash at 30 degrees or having a permanent mug for coffee may make a small difference, but are important in keeping the issue to the forefront.

    Mr Ruskell says: "We have a moral duty to do everything we can as early as we can."

    He asks the cabinet secretary to comment on what can be done to buffer the environment against climate change.

    "The momentum for change is unstoppable."

  8. Labour MSP says there is a lot more that can be done to protect the environment

    Labour MSP Alex Rowley
    Image caption: Labour MSP Alex Rowley

    Labour MSP Alex Rowley says he bought candles for Earth Hour and marked it and says it took him back to the miners strike in the 1970s.

    Mr Rowleys says he didn't need the candles because Mossomoran (the nartural gas petrochemical plan) was flaring all weekend!

    Mr Rowley says there is a lot that government is doing but adds there is a lot more that can be done.

    Mosmorran petrochemical plant
    Image caption: Mosmorran petrochemical plant
  9. Tory MSP praises WWF for efforts on Earth Hour

    Tory MSP Maurice Golden
    Image caption: Tory MSP Maurice Golden

    Tory MSP Maurice Golden thanks WWF for their global efforts to tackle climate change and for their efforts on Earth Hour.

    Mr Golden highlights the #PromiseForThePlanet.

  10. SNP MSP says annual Earth Hour activities are clearly to be commended

    SNP MSP Graeme Dey
    Image caption: SNP MSP Graeme Dey

    SNP MSP Graeme Dey begins by saying hundreds of millions of people participated in Earth Hour 2018.

    Mr Dey praises local authorities, sites and Lothian Buses for participating.

    He explains the urgent need for Earth Hour to challenge climate change and its impact across the globe.

    Mr Dey says the annual Earth Hour activities are clearly to be commended but calls for action all year round.

  11. Background: Earth Hour in Scotland

    WWF

    According to WWF Scotland, over the last 10 years, Scotland has made its mark on the international Earth Hour map with consistently impressive levels of national participation.

    In 2017, Scotland again received support from all local authorities, joining 186 countries and territories from every continent on the planet.

    An eye-catching165 iconic buildings and landmarksswitched off their lights, joining 3,000 others around the world in WWF’s Earth Hour’s unique display of darkness, which has become a global phenomenon.

    WWF

    This year, as landmarks, organisations, businesses and individuals switch off in solidarity, the spotlight turns to the 1 in 6 species at risk of extinction from climate change.

    As recent media such as BBC’s Blue Planet II raises public awareness about the plight of species suffering from rapidly changing climates, for Earth Hour 2018, WWF is asking people to make a promise for the planet to live more sustainably.

    Click here to ind outwhat is on in Scotland this Earth Hour weekend.

    Click here forWWF's suggestions for 60 things to do in the dark.

  12. Here's Graeme Dey's motion in full.....

    Scottish Parliament
    Image caption: Scottish Parliament
  13. Earth Hour 2018 debate next.......

    Kelpies
    Image caption: Before..................

    SNP MSP Graeme Dey will now lead a debate celebrating Earth Hour 2018.

    Kelpies
    Image caption: .............................and during Earth Hour 2017