We’ve banned fracking – here’s what we do next

Andy Wightman MSP Fri 27 Oct, 2017

We did it.

Following years of hard work and determined campaigning, communities across Scotland have succeeded in persuading the Scottish Government to ban fracking.

This week the Scottish Parliament voted not only to support the Scottish Government’s proposal to extend the moratorium established in 2015 but to incorporate the ban in the National Planning Framework and to commit to using forthcoming powers over licensing to reflect Parliament’s view on the development of unconventional oil and gas.

Our updated Active Travel policy shows our commitment to making communities safer and healthier

John Finnie MSP Fri 27 Oct, 2017

Last weekend at our autumn conference our members overwhelmingly backed an updated transport policy which aims to enable higher levels of walking and cycling - otherwise known as active travel -  in Scotland. It means we are leading the change towards tackling the rising costs to the NHS of diseases caused by air pollution and inactivity, while also reducing congestion and making our roads safer.

Scottish Greens - the Quest

Maggie Chapman Sat 21 Oct, 2017

Good afternoon friends.

 

It really is so good to be here with you all, after quite a year. And it is great to be speaking after Kim and the others who have been so inspiring in their local campaigning. It is good to be reminded that more Council chambers than ever before have Green voices in them.

 

We’ve been calling for it for decades ... it’s good to see Basic Income on the agenda

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 20 Oct, 2017

Kermit the frog once famously remarked that “It's not easy being green”. Sometimes that feels pretty close to the truth.

One of the most familiar experiences for Greens in politics is how long we have to work on our priorities before other parties to eventually catch up. It can often feel like our policies are launched ten years ahead of their time, giving us a decade to campaign for what feels like radical action after which someone else pinches our policy and it becomes accepted wisdom.

Too many pupils with mental health challenges are not receiving adequate support in our schools

Ross Greer MSP Fri 13 Oct, 2017

This Tuesday was World Mental Health Day. People all over the world shared personal stories and helped to raise awareness. The day encourages the millions who have suffered from poor mental health in one form or another to speak openly about their experiences and challenge the stigma which has caused so many to suffer in silence. When people speak out, we need to make sure that the right support is available. Right now, that is not the case for young people in Scotland’s schools.   

The government must be ready to listen before putting a budget before parliament

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 6 Oct, 2017

Party conference season is upon us. With Theresa May’s farcical performance in Manchester earlier this week, every other leader can be confident that’d be hard put to do any worse. This weekend it’s the turn of the SNP, whose members will no doubt be eager for some positive, upbeat announcements to cheer.

The first of these was announced on Tuesday; the temporary moratorium on fracking and other forms of extreme energy production will be extended. These technologies will not be deployed in Scotland, and this will certainly feature prominently in the First Ministers speech.

Forget air tax cuts, let's invest in the public transport we all use

John Finnie MSP Fri 29 Sep, 2017

Rail passengers in Scotland will see another rise in regulated rail fares from January next year, this time by 3.6%. So when I heard that the Scottish Government was to announce a transport policy aimed at reducing fares, I thought great! Only, this wasn’t for public transport, but airline tickets.

Plate up for the planet

Patrick Harvie MSP Wed 27 Sep, 2017

Last week I signed up, as over 10,000 people have this summer, to the Plate Up for the Planet campaign. It’s a 7-day pledge to try out a vegan diet, and the idea got a few of us in the Green Group interested. As today is the last day of my pledge, I wanted to get a few thoughts down on how I’ve found it and what, if anything, it might change for me.

Our future prosperity lies with the low carbon economy

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 22 Sep, 2017

I promise not to ask readers of the National for any more favours (at least until next month) if you could all do me one tiny thing today: respond to the Scottish Government’s climate change bill consultation before it closes at midnight.

JOHNSTONE OPPOSES WALLYFORD GREYHOUND EXPLOITATION

Alison Johnstone MSP Thu 21 Sep, 2017

Alison has joined local campaigners and leading animal welfare charity OneKind, in calling for a halt to plans to open a new greyhound racing track in Wallyford, East Lothian.

In March, plans for a car park and 94 ‘high end’ houses to enable development of the stadium, at the site originally identified for business use, were approved by councillors after an application for development was rejected in 2011, with that decision overturned by the Scottish Government on appeal.

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