Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Summary

  1. The Health Committee takes evidence from third sector organisations on health and social care in Scotland
  2. The Europe Committee takes evidence from youth organisations on Scotland's future relationship with the EU
  3. Topical questions focuses on the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital staffing issues and low income impact on the ability to buy food.
  4. The Scottish government leads a debate on child tax credit cuts and the 'rape clause'
  5. MSPs debate the Air Departure Tax Bill at stage 1
  6. Tory MSP Maurice Golden leads this evening's member's debate on WWF Earth Hour 2017

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all from Holyrood Live

    Scottish Parilament

    Good night from all at Holyrood Live.

  2. Parliament is adjourned

    The Kremlin in Moscow also joined in
    Image caption: The Kremlin in Moscow also joined in Earth Hour
    Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, formerly known as Victoria Terminus, in Mumbai went dark
    Image caption: Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, formerly known as Victoria Terminus, in Mumbai went dark
    Kuala Lumpur's Petronas Towers momentarily disappeared into the night in Malaysia
    Image caption: Kuala Lumpur's Petronas Towers momentarily disappeared into the night in Malaysia
  3. 'Fixing climate change will stop the earth greeting'

    Environment and Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham says the success of Earth Hour is obvious with the participation of hundreds of millions of people across the planet.

    The Acropolis in Athens seemed to disappear on the hillside
    Image caption: The Acropolis in Athens seemed to disappear on the hillside

    Ms Cunningham says the Scottish government switched of a number of buildings.

    The minister has enshrined long term carbon emission reductions in legislation, which is quite rare.

    She highlights the improved climate change targets in the forthcoming Climate Change Bill. 

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

    The Scottish government has outlined a new target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 66% by 2032.

    The minister also highlights the draft climate change plan for the next 15 years at Holyrood.

    She concludes with a poem and then says "fixing climate change will stop the earth greeting".

  4. Tory MSP says Earth Hour events are important as they inspire our school children

    Conservative MSP John Scott
    Image caption: Conservative MSP John Scott

    Conservative MSP John Scott says all of the events around Earth Hour are important as they inspire our school children.

    Mr Scotts says low carbon policies are more important than ever and adds there is much to be done.

  5. SNP MSP says Earth Hour is our opportunity to reaffirm our protection of the planet

    SNP MSP Ash Dehnam
    Image caption: SNP MSP Ash Dehnam

    SNP MSP Ash Dehnam says Scotland has done a large amount in tackling climate change.

    Ms Dehham says Earth Hour is our opportunity to reaffirm our protection of the planet.

    She praises WWF for the venture.

  6. Green MSP sees a bright future in the darkness of the Earth Hour

    Green MSP Mark Ruskell
    Image caption: Green MSP Mark Ruskell

    Green MSP Mark Ruskell says it is important to recognise what Earth Hour is and is not.

    Mr Ruskell says it is clearly not a way to reduce electricity consumption directly.

    The Green MSP says it is about raising awareness which can be a springboard for further action.

    He calls for "true energy democracy" and he says he sees a bright future in the darkness of the Earth Hour.

  7. People must be ensured that jobs will be created in the low carbon economy - Labour MSP

    Labour MSP Claudia Beamish
    Image caption: Labour MSP Claudia Beamish

    Labour MSP Claudia Beamish says that Earth Hour is a "brilliant idea". 

    Ms Beamish says a transition to a low carbon economy must be a just transition and people in Scotland need to be ensured that jobs will be created in the low carbon economy. 

  8. 'All too easy to shrug off our responsibilities'

    Tory MSP Finlay Carson
    Image caption: Tory MSP Finlay Carson

    Tory MSP Finlay Carson says "it is all too easy to forget or shrug off our responsibilities" to protect the environment.

    "We must not allow that to happen," he says.

  9. There must be progress made on the actions agreed to in Paris

    The Eiffel Tower went dark in Paris

    SNP MSP Graeme Dey says he is delighted Scotland is making good progress to meeting its climate change targets.

    Mr Dey says behavioural change is key to tackling climate change.

    He says there must be progress made on the actions agreed to in Paris.

    SNP MSP Graeme Dey
    Image caption: SNP MSP Graeme Dey
  10. 'Lets make sure we're changing the world for the better' - Tory MSP

    Mr Golden says the old ways are not working anymore and Scotland needs new ideas.

    The world is changing "for the sake of our children lets make sure it is changing for the better," he says. 

  11. Background: WWF

    Elephant on WWF website

    From the WWF website

    "WWF is the world’s leading independent conservation organisation. Our mission is to create a world where people and wildlife can thrive together.

    "To achieve our mission, we're finding ways to help transform the future for the world’s wildlife, rivers, forests and seas; pushing for a reduction in carbon emissions that will avoid catastrophic climate change; and pressing for measures to help people live sustainably, within the means of our one planet.

    "We’re acting now to make this happen."

    Click here for the WWF Earth Hour page.

  12. Earth Hour has been embraced around the globe - Tory MSP

    Tory MSP Maurice Golden says at 20:30 on the 25 March many around Scotland joined those around the world to mark Earth Hour by putting off their lights.

    Mr Golden says Earth Hour has been embraced around the globe. 

    The Tory MSP says he looked like an extra from the shining as he posted a picture of himself that evening on his Twitter page.

    Tory MSP Maurice Golden
    Image caption: Tory MSP Maurice Golden

    He says 1200 schools across Scotland took part in earth hour and their involvement is testament to the level of engagement. 

    Mr Golden says there is much to be proud of in Scotland when it comes to combating climate change.

    He says climate change cuts across party lines and he welcomes the opportunity to hear from others across the chamber.