We need climate leadership, not complacency

Mark Ruskell MSP Fri 7 Dec, 2018

I’ve met many people living with the climate emergency. Families on the brink of losing homes to rising storms on Vatersay, Malawian villagers desperate for rain so they can grow food and Saami women who have seen their Arctic forests burning for the first time.

Why Scotland needs a climate emergency bill

Patrick Harvie MSP Thu 6 Dec, 2018

The First Minister was in Katowice this week at the latest round of international climate talks, where she warned against climate complacency and spoke of increasing Scotland’s ambition in response to the latest reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

May's deal gives Scotland neither what it needs nor what it wants; it’s vital we show the clear will of the Scottish Parliament

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 30 Nov, 2018

Of all the unedifying moments there’ve been over the past two years since the Brexit vote, this week’s macabre spectacle of the Prime Minister working her way round the UK trying to sell her dead duck of a Withdrawal deal is surely a new low.

UN report on Extreme Poverty must serve as a wake-up call to UK government

Alison Johnstone MSP Fri 23 Nov, 2018

We already know that Universal Credit is leaving families with just pennies a week.

Families trapped in unsuitable temporary accommodation for months on end because their income no longer covers their rent; disabled people who can no longer get to work, because reforms to disability benefits means they no longer can access a motability vehicle.

Let’s not go down with Brexit. It’s time we charted our own course

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 16 Nov, 2018

After months of build-up, we finally have a deal. And what a thing of beauty it is. This monumental act of self-harm is making almost everyone unhappy. From the Brextremists of the Rees-Mogg tendency, and the arch-unionists of the DUP, right through to ardent Remain supporters and the independence movement in Scotland.

The reaction to the deal is telling. Labour’s priority is to agitate for an election, yet we know from opinion polls they have failed to land a blow on this hapless Tory government, so the great Corbyn victory they are hoping for looks as distant as ever.

Despite SNP & Tory opposition, I am determined to tackle the bulldozed tracks ravaging Scotland's hillsides

Andy Wightman MSP Fri 9 Nov, 2018

Earlier this week, a coalition of environmental and animal welfare organisations together with the think-tank Commonspace, launched the Revive Coalition. Its mission it to secure fundamental reform of the way in which up to 20% of the land area of Scotland is currently managed for grouse shooting. In a report co-authored by Dr Ruth Tingay and myself, we set out the range of negative environmental impacts associated with the increased intensification of grouse moor management over recent years.

If we want to maintain Scotland’s reputation as a welcoming nation, we can’t just shake our fists at anti-immigrant Tories

Kim Long Fri 2 Nov, 2018

I had an unexpected Guiser this week - my wee neighbour, a bundle of giggles dressed as a Disney villain. She’d had a great time at her school Halloween party, and rattled off the copious amounts of sugar they had inhaled. Interspersed with this sweetie monologue, however, was her dad’s quiet news that they’d received a Home Office letter - their claim for asylum has been refused.

The Scottish Government should mark Armistice Day by cutting all ties with the arms industry

Patrick Harvie MSP Wed 31 Oct, 2018

Patrick Harvie, Scottish Greens’ co-convener, explains why he wears the white poppy and issues a challenge to the Scottish Government and the Royal British Legion to end their relationship with weapons manufacturers.

As we approach the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, I want to say something not only about why I choose to wear a white poppy and what this means, but also about what we would lose if remembrance ceases to be a shared moment between people whose values are different.

Flightpath Win a Victory for Local Communities

Mark Ruskell MSP Tue 30 Oct, 2018

Yesterday, (Monday 29th October) the Civil Aviation Authority announced that it would not be approving Edinburgh Airport’s plans for eight new flightpaths, which were set to have major impacts on most of East Central Scotland, including along the Forth Coast in my region of Mid Scotland and Fife.

Scot Gov approach to education is alienating teachers, support staff, parents & pupils

Ross Greer MSP Fri 26 Oct, 2018

This Saturday I will be marching with teachers calling for a fair pay deal. Over the last 10 years, teachers have seen a 20% real terms cut to their pay as inflation has degraded the value of their wages. Now they have decided that enough is enough. They are demanding some of that lost value is returned to them. 

 

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