Rise in alcohol deaths shows need for action

Tue 17 Aug, 2021

The highest level of alcohol deaths since 2008 shows a need for action and greater preventative spend, according to the Scottish Greens.

National Records of Scotland statistics show there were 1,190 alcohol-specific deaths registered in Scotland in 2020, 170 more than the previous year.

The rate was four times higher in the most deprived areas and the increase was mainly driven by male deaths as the figure for women was static.

Greens call for emergency funds for Afghans

Mon 16 Aug, 2021

The Scottish Government has been urged by the Scottish Greens to use its Humanitarian Emergency Fund to aid Afghans fleeing the Taliban.

The Humanitarian Emergency Fund was established in 2016 to provide effective assistance to reduce the threat to life and wellbeing in emergency situations.

Scottish Greens condemn abuse aimed at rape crisis centres

Fri 13 Aug, 2021

Attempts to undermine the integrity of rape crisis centres in Scotland over trans inclusion damages the vital work they do with survivors, the Scottish Greens have said.

Rape Crisis Scotland was forced to issue a statement after what it described as “targeted campaigns of mis and disinformation that distort the reality of specialist service provision”, provoked by significant abuse online.

In a statement of solidarity [1], Scottish Greens equality spokesperson Maggie Chapman said the misinformation about services being shared was “based on ignorance, bigotry and hatred.”

Scottish Greens respond to FM Cambo letter

Fri 13 Aug, 2021

Responding to the letter sent from the First Minister to the Prime Minister calling for him to "reassess" existing oil and gas licences where development has not taken place. Scottish Greens climate spokesperson Mark Ruskell said:

“It is welcome to see the Scottish Government start to come off the fence when it comes to the cambo oil field, but it is clear there is still far too many hopes pinned on the oil and gas industry to get us out of the climate emergency.

Judicial review of Trump McMafia order decision granted

Wed 11 Aug, 2021

Scottish Greens have welcomed the news that the courts will review Scottish Government ministers ability to grant an Unexplained Wealth Order on Donald Trump’s acquisition of Scottish golf courses.

Campaign group Avaaz have today been given permission to seek a judicial review of the decision by the Scottish Government not to back a Scottish Green motion in February to pursue an Unexplained Wealth Order, also known as a McMafia order.

Exam results marred by attainment gap growth

Tue 10 Aug, 2021

The moderation system used to arrive at this year’s exam results has entrenched the attainment gap, the Scottish Greens have said.

Initial results show that the pass rate fell and the attainment gap widened in the second year of the pandemic-hit qualifications system, whilst the proportion of A grades at Higher increased.

Responding, Scottish Greens education spokesperson Ross Greer said:

Greens: Beaver killing unnecessary

Tue 10 Aug, 2021

Scottish Greens have welcomed new figures which show beaver populations growing and spreading in Scotland, but warned that 15% of the population being killed or exported last year was unnecessary.

New figures from the NatureScot agency show the number of beavers has more than doubled to around 1,000 animals in Scotland in the last three years, but 115 were killed and 31 relocated in 2020.

Greens: IPCC report is stark warning to governments

Mon 9 Aug, 2021

The stark and urgent warning in a new report by UN climate scientists makes the UK and Scottish governments’ support for the expansion of oil and gas ‘obscene’ as they prepare to host the COP26 climate summit, the Scottish Greens have said.

A new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows accelerating heatwaves and extreme weather events are unequivocally the result of human behaviour like burning fossil fuels, and that the consequences will continue to get worse.

Scottish Greens slam Johnson’s coal comments

Fri 6 Aug, 2021

Commenting on the Prime Minister’s outrageous remarks about the closure of coal mines, Scottish Greens Central Scotland MSP Gillian Mackay said:

 “Thatcher’s decimation of the coal industry had absolutely nothing to do with environmentalism and everything to do with her despicable anti-trade union ideology.

“Communities across Scotland were decimated by these cruel and vindictive policies which destroyed industry and left workers high and dry.

Scottish Greens welcome JCVI decision on teenage vaccinations

Wed 4 Aug, 2021

The Scottish Government must put in place plans to offer coronavirus vaccinations to 16- and 17-year olds as soon as practicably possible, Scottish Greens health spokesperson Gillian Mackay has said.

The call comes following the announcement from the joint committee on vaccination and immunisation that the rollout should be extended to those age groups. The news comes just a week before many schools are due to return from the summer holidays.

Gillian Mackay MSP said: