Green Investment Bank sale to fracking funder criticised by Greens

20 April, 2017 - 12:09

The decision to sell the Green Investment Bank to a company that has invested billions of pounds in fossil fuel projects has been criticised by a Green MSP.

Australian bank Macquarie has a history of investing in fracking and opencast coal mining projects and Green MSP Andy Wightman says that GIB’s environmental credentials are “now in tatters”.

Import ban on Scottish fisheries set to cost £200m a year

19 April, 2017 - 15:22

Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (19 April) challenged Scottish Ministers over a looming export ban on farmed fish which could cost the Scottish economy £200million a year.

The United States now requires proof that seafood imports are harvested in a way that minimises harm to marine mammals including seals.

Official figures show that fish farms in Scotland have been shooting seven or eight seals a month.

UK election is whim of dangerous hard-right party

18 April, 2017 - 12:43

The Scottish Greens say today's announcement by the Prime Minister of her intention to press for a UK General Election on 8 June shows that Scotland continues to suffer at the hands of a hard right Tory party.

Co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP said:

"Brexit is a mess of the Tory party's making, and they are calling this election for much the same self-serving reasons as the EU referendum itself. Since June they have also consistently ignored voters in Scotland and elsewhere who chose to stay in Europe and the single market. 

Three Green pledges for active travel

John Hardy Mon 17 Apr

We believe that rebalancing our roads and streets in favour of pedestrians and cyclists is the best way to enable people to make their everyday travel more sustainable. Our aim is to make walking and cycling an attractive and viable travel option for the majority of the population. This is important for the development of local communities while helping to improve physical and mental health, traffic congestion, the reduction of carbon emissions, and tackle air pollution.

Power in Your Hands: 4 Ways Green councillors have worked for their communities since 2012

Yvonne Mclellan Fri 14 Apr

In 2012 you helped us to elect Greens to local councils in Aberdeenshire, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Midlothian and Stirling.

Here are just some of their successes and ways they have put power in the hands of the people and communities they serve across the country:

1. Protecting services

Green councillors have campaigned vigorously against the privatisation of environmental services in the City of Edinburgh and the privatisation of IT services in Glasgow.

We need to champion the local services that support us all

Mark Ruskell MSP Fri 14 Apr

It’s with mixed emotions that I’m standing down as a councillor in May to focus on my role as a Green MSP.

Part of me will always feel rooted in the communities I’ve served as a councillor and the need to champion the local services that support us all.

Our manifesto for council elections prioritises protection of public services

11 April, 2017 - 11:00

The Scottish Greens today (11 April) launched their national manifesto for the local council elections, prioritising the protection of public services such as schools and social care.

The Greens are mounting their biggest ever Council campaign, with a record 218 candidates aiming to build on existing councillor numbers in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeenshire, Midlothian and Stirling, and make breakthroughs in many other councils.

Genuine political and fiscal power should be in the hands of local communities

10 April, 2017 - 13:59

Andy Wightman MSP, Local Government spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (10 April) welcomed the call from a think tank for councils to be empowered.

Reports suggest Reform Scotland's manifesto for May's local elections will call for reform of how local government is financed, warning that local democracy is being eroded by central government.

Andy Wightman MSP said:

Brent platforms warning must be taken seriously

10 April, 2017 - 11:23

Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (10 April) welcomed comments from environmental groups who have rejected Shell's plans to leave redundant oil rigs in the North Sea.

WWF Scotland, Greenpeace UK, the Marine Conservation Society, Friends of the Earth Scotland, Kimo, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, the Scottish Wildlife Trust and RSPB Scotland say that Shell has not provided enough detail on its plans for the Brent platforms and pipelines.

Mark Ruskell MSP said:

50 politicians from across Europe say independent Scotland welcome as full member of EU

9 April, 2017 - 10:19

50 politicians from across Europe have responded to Theresa May’s triggering of Article 50 by signing a letter claiming that an independent Scotland will be “most welcome as a full member of the European Union”.