Mon 19 Jul, 2021

Scottish Greens co-leader Lorna Slater has addressed the demonstration in Edinburgh against the proposed new oil field off the coast of Shetland.

The Lothians MSP joined activists outside the entrance to Edinburgh UK Government hub to protest against the Cambo oil field’s approval.

She raised burning waters in the Mexican peninsula, the scorching heat waves that have enveloped North America, and the flash floods in Edinburgh, as “symptomatic of a system that puts fossil fuel extraction and the maximisation of short-term profit above all else”.

Praising the direct action, Lorna Slater told demonstrators: “For the UK Tory government to issue new licences for additional for exploration and production of oil and gas in the North Sea shows how reckless and irresponsible Westminster is when it comes to environmental policy.

“They have no respect for their legal obligations to a treaty that they signed with the international community. No respect for international law. No respect for future generations. Three quarters of people in the UK support ending oil & gas extraction. The people get it. But the government still don’t.  The stakes could not be higher. The climate emergency is the defining challenge of our age.“

Ms Slater challenged governments across the world to step up at the COP26 summit in Glasgow this year.

She said: “We are at a historic crossroads and I challenge governments all over the world to take up the responsibility. History books will be written about this era and the things that governments and corporations did or didn’t do. They won’t look favourably on politicians giving permission for even more drilling.”

Get involved

More like this

Scottish Green Party members approve “historic” co-op deal

Sat 28 Aug, 2021

Scottish Green Party members have approved the party’s cooperation agreement, clearing the way for co-leaders Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater to become Scotland's (and the UK’s) first Green ministers.

The agreement was approved overwhelmingly by members at a meeting this morning and ratified by the party’s national council afterward.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Greens welcome public inquiry announcement

Tue 24 Aug, 2021

Commenting on the news that the Scottish Government is to establish a COVID-19 public inquiry before the end of the year, Scottish Greens co-leader Lorna Slater MSP said:

“The coronavirus crisis has been the most significant public health emergency for generations. The pandemic has impacted the way we all live our lives, and sadly many thousands have not survived.

Climate action central to Greens and government deal

Fri 20 Aug, 2021

Action on tackling the climate emergency is central to the draft cooperation deal agreed between the Scottish Greens and Scottish Government.

The draft policy programme, published today, would see two Scottish Green MSPs take ministerial posts, marking the first time Green politicians have taken a role in government anywhere in any of the UK nations. They would work to deliver a shared broad policy agenda that will tackle the climate crisis, create thousands of quality jobs  and make Scotland fairer.