Thu 19 Sep, 2019

I’ll be joining climate strikers tomorrow in Glasgow. They don’t want reassurances, they want action and a say over their future Patrick Harvie

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon must rise to meet the expectations of Scotland’s young people, the Scottish Greens have said.

At First Ministers Questions, co-leader Patrick Harvie raised the broken promises and failing case for the union, including the news that David Cameron was so desperate in 2014 he asked the Queen to intervene in the debate on independence.

People aged 16-20 have never had a say on independence. Patrick Harvie called for the more than 200,000 young people who have been too young to vote on Scotland’s future to be given a say.

He also called on Nicola Sturgeon to listen to the thousands of young people taking part in the climate strikes and adopt a radical approach to tackling the climate emergency.

Patrick Harvie said: “Those young people who have never had a vote on Scottish independence deserve to have a say on their country’s future. Tomorrow, many thousands of them will take to the streets across Scotland demanding urgent and transformative change in response to the climate emergency.

“They know that we need system change – a new economic direction, a genuine Scottish Green New Deal– not a Tory-lite economic plan that still thinks fossil fuels offer a secure future.

“I’ll be joining climate strikers tomorrow in Glasgow. They don’t want reassurances, they want action and a say over their future.”

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