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Climate Change: are we doing all we can to prevent catastrophic climate change?

Tue 4 Dec, 2018

Join John Finnie MSP, former H&I Greens co-convenor Ariane Burgess and current H&I Greens co-convenor Fabio Villani for a participative evening of ideas sharing and discussion about the many, complementary approaches we can take in our efforts to prevent catastrophic climate change: personal, political, spiritual, community-based, protest marches and joyful dances are all valid approaches.

The event will run from 7.15pm to 8.45pm on Friday, 7 December, in the Sunshine Room, East Whins, The Park, Findhorn.

Greens Win Kelp Dredging Ban

Mon 3 Dec, 2018

The Scottish Green Party has hailed victory in the fight to ban the mechanical harvesting of kelp by dredging.

Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform confirmed that she will support Green plans to prohibit the practice, in response to a question from Highlands and Islands Green MSP John Finnie

GREEN CANDIDATE CALLS FOR HIGHLAND COUNCIL TO DO MORE TO TACKLE CHILD POVERTY

Wed 21 Nov, 2018

In the wake of the findings by the United Nations that child poverty levels in the UK are "not just a disgrace but a social calamity and an economic disaster.", Green by-election candidate Irene Brandt has called for Highland Council to do more to help tackle child poverty.

Finnie welcomes Coul Links ‘Call in’

Sat 25 Aug, 2018

Highlands and Islands Green MSP John Finnie has today (24/08/2018) welcomed news that the Scottish Government will ‘call in’ the Coul Links planning application.

Mr Finnie wrote to the Scottish Government in June requesting that they call in the application.

Commenting, Mr Finnie said:

Finnie questions government's commitment to public bid for Scotrail

Sat 25 Aug, 2018

A Green MSP is calling out what he sees as insufficient progress on the Scottish Government’s attempts to facilitate a public bid for ScotRail after ministers revealed the next franchise competition could effectively be delayed by three years.

John Finnie, the Scottish Greens’ transport spokesperson, received a letter from the transport secretary that revealed the government will now also “give equal treatment” to private sector bidders.

Mr Finnie, the Green MSP for the Highlands and Islands, said:

Serco Charging Premium Rate for RET Rebate

Sat 25 Aug, 2018

Serco, the multinational company currently charged with operating the Northern Isles Ferry Services franchise, has been accused of acting in bad faith after charging customers premium rates to claim a rebate following the introduction of the Road Equivalent Tariff (RET).

Mass culling of mountain hares must stop, says Finnie

Sat 25 Aug, 2018

Highlands and Islands Green MSP John Finnie has called on the Scottish Government to urgently introduce a moratorium on the culling of mountain hares in the Highlands as new figures reveal the number of mountain hares in the eastern Highlands has dropped by more than 99 per cent since 1954.

Mr Finnie said:

    “Scottish Ministers have repeatedly stated that they do not support mass culling of mountain hares, yet it is happening all the same.

Greens call for north rail improvements

Sat 25 Aug, 2018

The Scottish Green Party is calling on the Scottish Government to deliver on its promises by urgently investing in improvements to rail services in the north.

Highlands and Islands MSP John Finnie, and Strathspey and Badenoch Councillor Pippa Hadley, have made the call in the wake of Transform Scotland highlighting the Scottish Government’s failure to meet journey time improvement commitments it made ten years ago.

Mr Finnie said:

Highlands and Islands Greens to focus on Local Issues, not contest General Election

Tue 9 May, 2017

Highlands and Islands Greens have today (8th May) confirmed they will not be contesting the forthcoming General Election. This means there will be no Scottish Green candidate on the ballot paper in any of the six constituencies* the branch covers on the 8th June.

Instead the party will be focussing on supporting their newly elected Councillors, and getting down to making a difference locally.

Highland and Islands Greens Convenor James MacKessack-Leitch said:

Large Windfarm Proposals Fail Orkney Greens' Tests

Mon 20 Mar, 2017

As part of their election campaign, Orkney Greens have pledged not to support two major windfarm development proposals planned by Hoolan Energy in the county. Current turbine proposals at Costa Head in Birsay, and Hesta Head in South Ronaldsay each comprise 5 turbines at 125 metres high totalling 20MW generation capacity.