Scottish Greens have long held the view that the use of drugs - including alcohol and tobacco - should be treated as a public health issue and not a criminal justice one. We know that punishment has not worked to reduce the numbers of people addicted to harmful substances, and we advocate for proper regulation of drugs based on a harm reduction approach. We were the only party to argue that drugs law should be devolved under the Smith Commission.
Members of Glasgow Green Party are taking a stand against a demonstration by an American pro-life group.
The branch's Women's Network will be taking part in a counter demonstration to voice their support for a pro-choice approach to abortion. This will be in opposition to the ‘40 Days for Life’ rally taking place on Sunday in George Square. This event will mark the end of the group's Lent-long 'vigil' outside of Queen Elizabeth University Hospital where patients attend for abortion services in the city.
Proposals for Glasgow’s coming Low Emission Zone (LEZ) - the first in Scotland - were considered today by Glasgow City Council’s Environment, Sustainability and Carbon Reduction Policy Development Committee. The committee voted to accept an amendment brought by Labour and seconded by the Greens to bring the full implementation of the LEZ for all eligible vehicles forward to 2021, and to include enforcement measures against bus operators for not meeting interim targets from December 2018.
Tomorrow (20th March), councillors on the Environment, Sustainability and Carbon Reduction Policy Development Committee, of which I am the vice convenor, will consider an update on plans for a phased introduction of a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) in Glasgow. This has the potential to improve the health of everyone in the city and make Glasgow a more pleasant and liveable city.
Hope Street in Glasgow’s city centre remains one of the most polluted streets in Scotland, with the highest levels of nitrogen dioxide in the country, and around 300 Glaswegians are killed every year by the effects of breathing the city’s toxic air. Green councillors are worried that plans being considered by Glasgow City Council will not do enough to clean up the dangerously polluted air that residents are forced to breathe.
Yesterday, Glasgow City Council passed its first budget under the SNP minority administration. For your Scottish Green Party councillors, this was the culmination of a long hard effort to ensure that Glasgow breaks from the legacy of decades of single party rule and starts to invest in a better, more equal and sustainable future.
Green councillors are pressing Glasgow’s SNP minority administration to ensure that their first annual budget for the city invests in a sustainable future. In a city where more than half of households don’t have access to a car for their own use, it’s vital that decisions on infrastructure spending allow communities to be connected in ways that benefit everyone.
As Glasgow’s SNP minority administration prepare their first annual budget for the city, Green councillors are pushing for those who deliver our vital public services to have better working conditions.
Many people have been in touch with me recently to discuss the proposed night shelter for asylum seekers in Ibrox. At successive several community council meetings this has been raised, and I have tried my best to guide locals, both for and against, along the process.