Greens attack Government decision on deepwater drilling

Fri 1 Oct, 2010

For immediate release 1st October 2010

The Scottish Green Party has attacked today's decision by the UK government to grant the oil company Chevron permission to begin deepwater exploratory drilling in the waters west of Shetland. (1)

Harvie presses Salmond to back deepwater moratorium

Thu 30 Sep, 2010

For immediate release 30 September 2010

Greens welcome Labour move on Living Wage

Mon 27 Sep, 2010

For immediate release 27 September 2010

The pressure is now on the SNP to act on low wages in the public sector, Greens argued, following today's announcement by the leader of Labour in the Scottish Parliament, Iain Gray, that the party would would back a

Doctor who?

comms Fri 24 Sep, 2010

If you are a celebrity or very rich, it isn't too difficult to get an honorary degree nowadays. No matter how otherwise undeserving you may be, some institution somewhere will reckon that it can get some free publicity out of awarding you a doctorate. In today's world, this counts as good PR and nobody very much is offended if the recipient hasn't really done anything to justify the degree being given.

Clean up at Cramond

comms Thu 23 Sep, 2010

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) hold a Beachwatch Big Weekend every year in September, which I have enjoyed attending at Cramond in previous years.

This year was no exception, and on Saturday I joined volunteers at Cramond beach to sift through marine litter and clean up this beautiful site.
Now more than ever we must focus on the conservation of our coastlines. As government legislation kicks in over the next few years it is important that the pressure is kept up to make seas and beaches cleaner.

Greens reject apathetic Holyrood climate consensus

Thu 23 Sep, 2010

For immediate release 23 September 2010

Today's Holyrood debate on a Low Carbon Economy showed two clear divides between the various parties, Greens argued. First, Labour backed a Conservative amendment supporting new nuclear power, a move which would be costly, dangerous, unsustainable and unpopular, but this amendment was rejected. Second, MSPs rejected a Green amendment which set out several basic policy changes essential if we are to move to a low carbon economy.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Greens call for Scotland to go 100 percent plus renewable

Thu 23 Sep, 2010

For immediate release 23 September 2010

Annual targets SNP reveal climate cop-out

Wed 22 Sep, 2010

For immediate release 22 September 2010

The Scottish Green MSPs today confirmed that they will oppose the SNP administration's latest climate targets (1) when they come before Parliament. In 2007 the SNP's manifesto pledged emissions reductions of 3% a year - six times higher than the 0.5% target they propose for next year, and ten times higher than the mere 0.3% 2012 target they wish to set.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:


comms Tue 21 Sep, 2010

Fans of the TV face of ‘real food’, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, will remember his recent promotion of the Landshare concept, in which people are encouraged to sign up if they have the time and energy to grow food but nowhere to do it, or if they have land for growing but need some willing helpers to make it happen.

Greens welcome Greenpeace deepwater drilling protest

Tue 21 Sep, 2010

For immediate release 21 September 2010

The Green MSPs today supported Greenpeace's decision to take peaceful direct action against a Chevron oil rig, blocking an attempt by the company to drill a deepwater well off Shetland.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

"Greenpeace's courageous intervention in Shetland today is a welcome reminder to politicians in other parties that the environmental movement will never stop holding them to account. This new round of deepwater drilling is both environmentally and economically reckless, and it must be stopped.