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.

Scottish Greens pledge a third off rail fares for all

Thu 22 Apr, 2021

Scottish Greens will today pledge to introduce a new railcard for Scots to immediately bring down the cost of rail fares for everyone who lives here.

The Scottish Railcard would be modelled on the existing Network Rail card in the South East of England, designed to encourage people to take the train rather than drive by reducing the cost of off-peak journeys by a third.

Scottish Greens welcome STUC support for self determination

Wed 21 Apr, 2021

Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie has welcomed the decision of the Scottish Trades Union Congress to vote in support of a motion stating that the Scottish Parliament should have the power to hold a referendum on Scotland’s future.

The motion stated that the Scottish Parliament should not require the consent of the UK Government to hold such a vote. The STUC also restated its view that the Westminster Government should not resist a vote if a majority of pro-independence MSPs are elected in May.

Patrick Harvie said:

Scottish Greens: Arts can help reinvigorate high streets

Wed 21 Apr, 2021

Arts and culture can play a key role in breathing new life into Scotland’s high streets as we emerge from the pandemic, the Scottish Greens will say today.

The party proposes Local Place Plans that would allow community-led planning to build great places and build stronger communities.

This includes supporting the repurposing of commercial properties into artist-led spaces such as studios, venues, cinemas, workshops and production facilities.

Time for fan ownership of football teams

Tue 20 Apr, 2021

The controversy surrounding the formation of the European Super League emphasises what happens when greed is allowed to dominate football and the need for fan ownership and representation, according to the Scottish Greens.

In 2015 then Scottish Green MSP Alison Johnstone secured agreement from the Scottish Government that their Community Empowerment Bill would contain powers to introduce a fans' right to buy their football clubs.

In Scotland, various clubs are now owned by supporters, including Motherwell FC, Clydebank and Stirling Albion.