Sturgeon must seek section 30 order now say Greens

Mon 16 Dec, 2019

Scotland must get the opportunity to decide its future as soon as possible, the Scottish Greens have said.

An overall majority for the Conservatives means the party will be able to enact a Brexit Scotland has already rejected. There is already a mandate for a referendum in the Scottish Parliament, thanks to the Scottish Greens.

Take back control from Boris Johnson

Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater Mon 16 Dec, 2019

Many people are looking at this week’s UK election result with a deep sense of anxiety about what Boris Johnson’s hard right government will do now that it has a majority. We share that feeling, but we are determined that Scotland must not shrink from the challenge of opposing the Conservative Government and its values. We must work harder than ever to protect the people who will be vulnerable in the face of what’s coming, and to win wider and deeper support for a positive vision of what Scotland can achieve if we take our future into our own hands.

Greens win Christmas reprieve for Mossmorran communities

Wed 11 Dec, 2019

Responding to the announcement that the restart of the Fife Ethylene Plant will now be delayed until the New Year, Fife's Green MSP Mark Ruskell said: 

“I am delighted that pressure from the Scottish Greens has delivered this welcome win for the communities around Mossmorran, who can now look forward to a peaceful Christmas and New Year break.

First Minister avoiding science on fossil fuels

Wed 11 Dec, 2019

The Scottish Greens have criticised the ‘cosy consensus’ at Holyrood that recognises the climate emergency but avoids the scientific evidence by supporting continued oil and gas exploration.

At First Minister’s Questions parliamentary co-leader Alison Johnstone asked Nicola Sturgeon to “accept the science” like the progressive government in New Zealand has done.

New Zealand Prime minister Jacinda Ardern has committed to end all new oil and gas exploration.

Special wildlife cops ‘a complete disaster’

Tue 10 Dec, 2019

The SSPCA should be given more powers, after a pilot which saw special police officers patrol the Cairngorms national park for wildlife crime was branded “a complete disaster”.

Speaking at the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, Raptor Ecologist Dr Ruth Tingay pointed to the fact that the special officers failed to report a single wildlife crime, despite the fact white-tailed eagles and hen harriers have disappeared in the area during the period.

“The special constables have been a complete disaster,” she said.

Sea rise report shows devastating impact on Scotland

Tue 10 Dec, 2019

A new scientific report has revealed vital parts of Scotland could be flooded by rising sea levels within just 30 years.

The global report from Climate Central uses new methodology to reveal coastal flood threats around the world, revealing the global vulnerability to sea level rise is far worse than previously thought. 

Bombs factory funded by Scottish Government

Fri 6 Dec, 2019

A factory to make munitions has been partly funded by the Scottish Government through its agency Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Greens have revealed. This is despite the First Minister’s repeated insistence that the Scottish Government ‘does not fund the manufacture of munitions’.

FOIs by the Scottish Greens revealed that in 2009, Chemring Energetics successfully applied for Scottish Enterprise funding to invest in site expansion to, in their own words, “take advantage of market moves that have resulted in gaps in the manufacture of explosives".

Nicola Sturgeon challenged over just transition claims

Fri 6 Dec, 2019

The Scottish Greens have challenged First Minister Nicola Sturgeon over claims she made that the just transition from oil and gas is underway.

Sturgeon has made the claims during TV debates in the general election campaign [1], and this was raised by Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie at First Minister’s Questions.

Scottish Greens pledge to defend diversity

Fri 6 Dec, 2019

Equalities legislation is under threat from Brexit and rising intolerance, the Scottish Greens have warned.

As well as surging hate crime in the UK following the Brexit vote, there have been calls to repeal the Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act of 1998 from right wing groups across the UK.

The Scottish Greens are the only party to have all candidates pledge to protect LGBTI equality and human rights [1], and the party’s Women’s Network has launched a pledge of solidarity [2].

New research shows need for transport transformation

Wed 4 Dec, 2019

New research by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe), published today, shows a staggering increase in the cost of public transport in the last 20 years, while the cost of motoring has plummeted by a quarter in the same time period.  

The research shows that while the cost of motoring has fallen by 24%, rail fares have increased by 38%, and bus fares have rocketed by 80%. The proportion of distance travelled by bike in the period is unchanged, but that the proportion of journeys made by foot it down.