Scotland can’t remain one of the world's climate leaders if we stand still

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 23 Feb, 2018

“If the world follows the lead of Scotland and makes its claim with these long-term targets and the rallying of business and civic and political leaders, then it's clear which direction we're going.” These are the words of former US vice president Al Gore, whose sobering documentary An Inconvenient Truth laid bare the harsh realities of our changing climate and the impacts on the planet if we don’t take urgent action.

It's time for bus reregulation and a public transport system run for everyone

John Finnie MSP Fri 16 Feb, 2018

“A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars. It’s where the rich use public transport.” This famous quote from Enrique Penalosa, former Mayor of Bogotá in Colombia, is a bumper sticker we should be paying a bit more attention to.

Bus services are one of the biggest issues for hundreds of thousands of people in every corner of this country and it is exactly the kind of issue that MSPs’ constituents expect us to get to grips with.

It’s time to free up local communities to make their own democratic choices

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 9 Feb, 2018

The polarisation of Scotland’s politics is often frustrating. Some people blame the independence movement for that, but I often notice that some of the people who portray the cause of independence as divisive are the same ones who stubbornly refuse to see beyond that dividing line. The recent antics of Labour, Conservatives and the LibDems passing up every chance for proper engagement in the budget process was a case in point.

HONOURING WOMEN’S EQUALITY CAMPAIGNERS PAST AND PRESENT

Alison Johnstone MSP Tue 6 Feb, 2018

As MSPs today joined those marking the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which first gave some women the right to vote in UK elections, Alison Johnstone, co-founder of the Women 50:50 campaign that aims for gender balance in Scottish elected office, spoke for the Greens in the ‘Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Right to Vote’ debate.

The full text of Alison's speech is included below.

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Scottish Budget: With your help, we did it

Mark Ruskell MSP Fri 2 Feb, 2018

The last week felt as if Green MSPs were constantly bumping into Noel Edmonds, with journalists, in true game show style, continually asking “Deal? Or no deal?” on the Scottish Budget.

8 things the Green budget means 

Patrick Harvie MSP Wed 31 Jan, 2018

It's Scottish Budget day. Here's 8 things the Green budget deal means:

We should be empowering our communities to tackle their transport needs

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 26 Jan, 2018

In the early days of devolution there was excitement about Scotland being able to get to work on issues which had been sidelined or ignored by successive UK Governments. Transport was one area where new energy and momentum were sorely needed.

With a real fox-hunting ban we can demonstrate that Scotland really does care about the welfare of animals

Alison Johnstone MSP Mon 22 Jan, 2018

Foxes are being hunted by dogs in Scotland and it’s clear that existing laws are unable to stop it. 

I’ve seen the sickening evidence. Investigators for the League Against Cruel sports have filmed harrowing footage showing that mounted hunts are still using hounds to run down and tear apart foxes in the same way they did when the Scottish Parliament passed laws intended to ban hunting with dogs in 2002.

Our polluted air costs us both personally and as a society

Alison Johnstone MSP Fri 19 Jan, 2018

Air pollution is a true invisible killer. We take the air around us for granted, but just as fish depend on clean water, clean air is obviously vital for our health and the health of our wider environment. 

Back in the 1950s, smog was all too visible, and the deaths from it were front page news. The notorious Great Smog of London, even though it lasted just five days, is now believed to have killed as many as 12,000 people, and it led to the 1956 Clean Air Act.

Trans rights are human rights, and we must stand together to achieve them

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 19 Jan, 2018

Most days, MSPs reply to quite a number of letters and emails from our constituents. Sometimes the reply can offer some practical help, and at other times that’s just not possible. Sometimes the correspondence is about a fundamental difference of political opinion, and of course people have a right to question their representatives about such issues.

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