Tax on polluting SUVs would protect public health and planet

Thu 21 Nov, 2019

Heavily polluting cars such as ‘sport utility vehicles’(SUVs) should be taxed more to stem the growth in air pollution, according to the Scottish Greens.

The party proposes to double the first-year vehicle excise duty (VED) on all vehicles producing over 111g of CO2 per kilometre.

This would mean a new Land Rover Range Rover Evoque would be taxed £1,060 in the first year instead of £530.

John Finnie: Scottish Government must seek section 30 order

Wed 20 Nov, 2019

Scottish Greens MSP John Finnie has called on the Scottish Government to seek an order under section 30 of the Scotland Act 1998, to allow Ministers to fully incorporate the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into Scots law.

Mr Finnie, who recently steered the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill through parliament, made the call in response to a statement from Education Secretary John Swinney this afternoon.

Although most measures contained within the convention are devolved a number, including military recruitment, are reserved.

Westminster must change gear on poverty

Tue 19 Nov, 2019

Rising levels of poverty and inequality show the need for change in the way the UK is governed, the Scottish Greens have said.

The Scottish Greens have welcomed the publication of the general election manifesto from the Poverty Alliance, which reveals how policies at Westminster drove inequalities which has left Scotland with over a million Scots in poverty, 240,000 of them children.

Young people are being ignored in this election

Mon 18 Nov, 2019

The Scottish Greens will today call for the priorities of students and young people must be heard in this general election.

The NUS Scotland manifesto calls for action on many Scottish Green priorities.

Ahead of meeting students at Strathclyde University, Scottish Green co-leader Patrick Harvie said: “Young people’s voices are being ignored in this election, which is unforgivable.

Corbyn’s climate emergency claim is cobblers

Wed 13 Nov, 2019

Jeremy Corbyn’s claim that Labour were the first to call a climate emergency is cobblers, the Scottish Greens have pointed out.

The UK Labour leader made the assertion on the campaign trail in Scotland today.

In fact the Scottish Greens brought a motion declaring a climate emergency to the Scottish Parliament in March, which Labour, the SNP, Lib Dems and the Tories voted down.

SNP agriculture climate plan behind, warns CCC

Mon 11 Nov, 2019

The UK Committee on Climate Change has warned the Scottish Government is falling behind on transitioning agriculture to address the climate emergency.

Speaking to MSPs of the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, CCC chief executive Chris Stark said plans to adapt agriculture were in place but progress was “half baked”.

The CCC told MSPs Scotland has not made enough progress on adapting Scotland to meet the challenges of global warming, especially with Brexit leading to the UK leaving the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

This must be the climate election

Mon 11 Nov, 2019

The climate emergency is the most pressing issue in this general election, the Scottish Greens will say.

At the Scottish Greens general election campaign launch, the party will underline that the next UK Government will preside over half the time we have left to meet the UN’s decade-long deadline to take action to prevent catastrophic climate change.

Co-leaders Lorna Slater and Patrick Harvie will highlight reserved issues which could be vital in securing a Scottish Green New Deal to transform Scotland’s economy and address the urgency of the climate emergency.

Scottish Greens welcome NUS Scotland manifesto

Thu 7 Nov, 2019

The Scottish Greens have welcomed the NUS Scotland ‘When Students Lead’ manifesto for the general election.

Commenting on its publication, Scottish Greens education spokesperson Ross Greer said: Whether through their climate activism or opposition to Brexit young people are leading the debate in Scotland, and the NUS manifesto is a clear example of that.

Mark Ruskell secures commitment on Mossmorran compensation

Thu 7 Nov, 2019

Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell has secured a commitment from the First Minister to look at compensation from those who have suffered as a result of pollution from the Mossmorran gas plant in Fife.

At First Minister’s Questions, Mark Ruskell raised this week’s 'Report on the Health Impacts of Flaring at Mossmorran and Historical Cancer Incidence' from NHS Fife, which clearly shows flaring at the plant caused significant physical and psychological disturbance to local residents, impacting on their health, sleep patterns and anxiety levels.

Government haven’t brought an education debate in two years

Thu 7 Nov, 2019

The Scottish Government haven’t brought forward an education debate in over two years, despite claims that it is the First Minister’s ‘defining mission’, according to the Scottish Greens Education Spokesperson Ross Greer MSP.

Mr Greer raised the matter at First Minister’s Questions today, asking whether there would be a debate before the end of the year, a question the First Minister failed to directly answer. This follows a similar refusal to answer from the Education Secretary during an opposition-led debate yesterday.

Ross Greer MSP said: