Scottish Greens issue warning over fake green candidates

Mon 3 May, 2021

The Scottish Greens have warned voters that far right extremists and conspiracy theorists are standing at the election masquerading as ‘greens’.

These include Trump-supporting Alistair McConnachie, who was expelled from UKIP for Holocaust denial and is standing under the 'Independent Green Voice' banner.

McConnachie is best known for denying the existence of gas chambers at Nazi concentration camps but has also provided social media support to the Orange Order and regularly organises counter-protests to pro-independence and anti-racism rallies. 

Scottish Greens pledge tougher protections for wildlife

Sun 2 May, 2021

Scottish Greens have commited to strengthening protections for wildlife and making sure they are enforced.

Current protections have failed or are poorly enforced. Within a year of beavers being declared a protected species, a fifth of the population was killed under license from NatureScot, the Scottish Government agency charged with protecting wildlife, and birds of prey continue to disappear or be found killed near Scotland’s grouse moors.

Revealed: Flamingo Land offered 125 year lease at Loch Lomond

Fri 30 Apr, 2021

The Scottish Greens' Ross Greer has uncovered Scottish Government plans to offer Flamingo Land a 125 year lease on the West Riverside site at Balloch, should their controversial 'resort' proposals receive planning permission.

Greer has hailed this news as a partial victory for the Save Loch Lomond campaign and their efforts to keep the land in public hands. However, he has also warned that it is likely part of a plan from the developers and government to undermine the arguments used against their unsuccessful first attempt to build a 'luxury resort' on the site.

The Time to Vote Green is Now

Fri 30 Apr, 2021

Scottish Greens will mark the final week of the election campaign today with a warning on the urgency of the climate emergency.

Co-leaders Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater will highlight that with less than ten years before the deadline set by the Paris Agreement to keep global warming down, the time to vote green is now.

Scottish Greens pledge more opportunities for young people

Thu 29 Apr, 2021

Scottish Greens will today pledge to build on free bus travel to provide more opportunities for young people in the next parliament.

Free bus travel for everyone under 22 will come in this year as a result of budget wins by the Scottish Green Party in the last parliamentary term.

The party will build on that after May 6 by pushing for free travel for rail and ferries too, as well as increasing funding for colleges so they can expand bursaries for 16 and 17-year-olds and re-introduce part-time courses.

Shetland oil field sale will have ‘dire’ consequences for our future, say Scottish Greens

Thu 29 Apr, 2021

The sale of an oil field 90 miles east of Shetland will have a “dire environmental impact” at a time when we should be tackling the climate emergency and transitioning to a green economy, according to Ariane Burgess, the lead candidate for the Scottish Greens in the Highlands & Islands.

This follows news that Enquest, a petroleum exploration and production company, has acquired control of the Bentley oil field, one of the biggest so-called 'under-developed' oil fields in the area, in a deal that is thought to be worth up to £23 million.

Scottish Greens reveal National Parks plan

Tue 27 Apr, 2021

The Scottish Greens will today unveil ambitious proposals to expand and upgrade Scotland’s national and regional parks.

A new report from the party builds on manifesto commitments to expand Scotland’s National and Regional Park network, with the aim of making them a centrepiece in our efforts to tackle the climate and nature emergencies.

Scottish Greens pledge to phase out pointless plastics

Sun 25 Apr, 2021

Scottish Greens will phase out pointless single use non-essential plastics by 2025 and move towards a circular economy, the party will pledge today.

Under Scottish Green plans, single use non-essential plastics will be phased out quickly while ensuring disabled people have non-stigmatised access to plastic straws.

Greens will also bring forward the long-delayed deposit return scheme.

Micro renewables can boost communities

Sat 24 Apr, 2021

Scottish Greens have pledged to support public or community-owned micro renewable projects to create sustainable communities.

The Scottish Greens manifesto pledges to put locally-owned projects at the heart of a green recovery.

Speaking ahead of a visit to Saughton public park to see the 39kW hydro turbine known as an ‘Archimedes Screw’ on the Water of Leith, Scottish Greens co leader Lorna Slater said:

Scottish Greens: climate strikers must be heard

Fri 23 Apr, 2021

The stark warnings for politicians from climate strikers must be heard at the 2021 Holyrood election, the Scottish Greens have said.

With two weeks until the election, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie will today pay a visit to climate striker Dylan Hamilton, who has spent the last week on a vigil outside Edinburgh’s City Chambers calling for this to be a climate election.

Dylan is an activist with the Scottish climate strikers as part of the Fridays for Future movement, which Swedish climate striker Greta Thunberg brought to prominence.