Scottish Government must act on Attenborough warnings

Thu 17 Sep, 2020

The Scottish Government has been urged to step up to protect Scotland’s nature in the wake of the harrowing ‘Extinction’ documentary by veteran conservationist Sir David Attenborough. 

The impactful programme warned that an eighth of the planet’s species are at risk, and the situation is getting worse.

Scottish Green environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell raised Sir David’s urgent call for action to governments at First Minister’s Questions in the Scottish Parliament.

Scottish Greens call for increased NHS role in testing strategy

Thu 17 Sep, 2020

The Scottish Government must produce an updated testing strategy which recognises that the UK-wide system is failing and increases NHS Scotland’s role, the Scottish Greens have said.

At First Minister’s Questions, Scottish Greens parliamentary co-leader and health spokesperson Alison Johnstone raised the fact that UK testing centres are struggling to cope with demand as cases rise across the country.

Uni testing centres needed urgently say Greens

Wed 16 Sep, 2020

Responding to the First Minister’s announcement that a single walk-through testing centre is to open in Glasgow on Saturday, and that it will be weeks before similar facilities open in Scotland’s other university towns and cities, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said:

“We saw the testing system break down when children returned to school last month, resulting in families being sent across the country in search of a test. It would be unacceptable if a similar situation occurred again as the university term begins.

UK Government no show is an insult to democracy

Wed 16 Sep, 2020

UK Business secretary Alok Sharma has refused to give evidence on his own UK Internal Market Bill at the Scottish Parliament.

If passed, the bill will give the UK Government a veto over any devolved decision which it decides threatens commercial interests.

Commenting on the news, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said:

Ludicrous grouse shooting exemption must not apply in Scotland

Tue 15 Sep, 2020

The Scottish Government must resist calls for grouse shoots to be exempt from public health rules about gatherings of six people, the Scottish Greens have warned.

Overwhelming majority view climate crisis as an urgent problem

Tue 15 Sep, 2020

An overwhelming majority of Scots view climate change as an immediate and urgent problem according to the Scottish Household Survey.

The study shows that the proportion of adults viewing climate change as an immediate and urgent problem has risen from 46% in 2013 to 68% in 2019, prompting the Scottish Greens to call on the Scottish Government to stop tinkering and deliver bold climate action.

Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Climate plan needed for Scotland’s railway say Scottish Greens

Mon 14 Sep, 2020

The Scottish Government must take immediate action to climate proof Scotland’s railways, Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP has said.

Speaking following the closure of the West Highland Line between Fort William and Crianlarich due to a landslip the Highlands and Islands MSP called for urgent action to protect Scotland’s rail network.

John Finnie MSP said:

University testing essential say Greens

Mon 14 Sep, 2020

The Scottish Government must ensure that walk-through coronavirus testing facilities are open and operational in all of Scotland’s universities towns, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP has said.

The testing system broke down last month when pupils returned to school, and with universities beginning their terms Mr Harvie has called on the Scottish Government to ensure that this isn’t repeated.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Scottish Greens call for 2021 exams to be cancelled

Fri 11 Sep, 2020

The Scottish Greens have called for the 2021 exam diet to be cancelled, stating that it is too great a risk to assume that exams will be able to take place nine months from now without disruption.

The BBC and other outlets have reported comments made by the Education Secretary John Swinney confirming that the Government's current objective is to run a 'full 2021 exam diet'.

Scottish Greens comment on survation poll

Fri 11 Sep, 2020

Commenting on a new Survation poll which shows that the Scottish Greens are set to elect more MSPs than ever before at the next Scottish Parliament election, that the Scottish Greens are the only opposition party to enjoy an increase in support, and that support for independence has also increased, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said: