Scottish Greens welcome Greta Thunberg's challenge to MSPs

Tue 16 Jul, 2019

The Scottish Greens have welcomed a challenge set by climate activist Greta Thunberg that MSPs should “step up their game” in tackling climate change.

The Swedish climate strike leader was presented with an environmental award by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society for inspiring children across the globe to campaign vocally for action from politicians to address the climate emergency.

“It is important that older people and the people in power listen to young people,” Greta Thunberg said.

Urgent action required to tackle drugs emergency say Greens

Tue 16 Jul, 2019

Both the Scottish and UK Governments must take urgent action to tackle Scotland’s drugs death emergency following new figures [1], which revealed there were 1,187 drug deaths in 2018 according to Scottish Greens MSP John Finnie. 

The figures represent a 27% increase of the 2017, which were themselves record setting, and mean Scotland continues to have the highest rate of drugs deaths in Europe.

John Finnie MSP said:

Scotland's drug deaths are a national emergency

John Finnie MSP Tue 16 Jul, 2019

It is shocking to see Scotland with the one of the worst drug death rates in the world.

From tackling heroin and the AIDS threat in the 1990s to minimum unit pricing on alcohol, Scotland has a track record in harm reduction, which prioritises the health and safety of our people over moral judgement.

It's needed now more than ever.

We have seen London take an interest in Scotland’s approach to knife crime. Hopefully now the UK Government will take notice of progressive thinking on drugs policy, but I have my doubts.

Mark Ruskell wins Parliamentarian of the Month award for animal cruelty questions

Tue 9 Jul, 2019

Mark Ruskell has picked up an award for holding Michael Gove to account on post-Brexit regulation of chemical substances to make sure animals aren’t needlessly being subjected to testing.

The ‘parliamentarian of the month’ award from animal NGO Cruelty Free International comes after the Scottish Greens MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife raised the issue in the Scottish Parliament.

Local government finance figures show why Green votes matter

Thu 4 Jul, 2019

New figures complied by Scottish Parliament researchers show the urgent need for reform of the way local government is funded, according to the Scottish Greens.

A new independent briefing from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) reveals the downward trend in the local government revenue settlement has been reversed since the Scottish Greens began to exert an influence over SNP budgets.

Brexit to cost Scotland $1.5bn Lord of the Rings series

Thu 4 Jul, 2019

Scotland is set to lose out on being the location of a planned $1.5bn Lord of the Rings TV series due to Brexit, according to reports in New Zealand.

The New Zealand Herald has reported the country has instead been confirmed as the primary location for the Amazon production.

Why We Must Support Trans and Non-Binary People’s Rights

Women's Network, Rainbow and Young Greens Tue 2 Jul, 2019

As members of the Scottish Green Party Women’s Network, Rainbow Greens and Young Greens, we have been deeply saddened over the last year to see the things that have been said and done in the name of women’s rights, which have marginalised, stigmatised and denied legitimacy to our trans and non-binary siblings. Particularly so as our trans and non-binary siblings have stood shoulder to shoulder with us, campaigning for gender, social and environmental justice. We are richer, more caring and more inclusive in our policies thanks to our trans and non-binary members.

Golden Eagle named by Andy Wightman disappears

Mon 1 Jul, 2019

Adam, a young Golden Eagle named by Green MSP Andy Wightman, has disappeared in suspicious circumstances in Highland Perthshire, in an area managed for grouse shooting.

As the Scottish Environment LINK species champion for the golden eagle, Wightman named the bird Adam in 2018, as a tribute the late ecologist and mountaineer Dr Adam Watson.

As revealed in a new video by broadcaster Chris Packham, GPS tagging showed Adam disappeared at ground level in the Strathbraan area. Another golden eagle also disappeared in the same area on the same morning.

Don’t let Pride give in to hate

Patrick Harvie MSP Mon 1 Jul, 2019

My first Pride march was in London nearly 30 years ago, during my first year at University.

Still reeling from the culture shock of moving from Dumbarton to Manchester with its vibrant queer community, I was both overjoyed and bewildered to be part of an event so huge that it transformed the city.

An estimated 100,000 people – lesbians, gay men, bisexual people, trans people and more – marched, chanted and partied together long before the acronym LGBT had ever been coined.

Scottish Green MSPs celebrate 20 years of the ‘Green’ Scottish Parliament

Sat 29 Jun, 2019

Scottish Greens are celebrating 20 years of the Scottish Parliament leading the UK on Green issues.

As members of the public visit Holyrood to mark the 20th birthday of the Scottish Parliament, co-leaders of the Greens MSP group Patrick Harvie and Alison Johnstone will join others in welcoming them.