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.

Scottish Greens pledge to upgrade ferries

Tue 20 Apr, 2021

Scottish Greens will develop a ‘green fleet’ strategy to upgrade Scotland’s ferry network.

The Scottish Greens will today pledge to end the competitive bidding process and re-categorise inter-island ferries as publicly owned Scottish National Infrastructure, delivered by Transport Scotland and Calmac.

These would work together to replace the current ageing diesel fleet with electric or hydrogen ferries, such as used in Scandinavia, [1] to develop reliable, efficient and zero carbon ferries

Greens pledge to establish Scottish Peace Centre

Tue 20 Apr, 2021

The Scottish Greens are set to reveal plans for a Scottish Centre for Peace in their manifesto for the upcoming Holyrood elections.

The centre will be tasked with researching peaceful conflict resolution as well as hosting international summits, talks and mediations, including peace negotiations between conflicting parties.

Building on a model established in other countries, particularly Norway, the Scottish centre would seek to contribute to building sustainable, lasting peace in conflict zones throughout the world.

Scottish Greens reveal plans for rural jobs

Mon 19 Apr, 2021

Scottish Greens have revealed how the party’s plans for green recovery will create rural jobs across Scotland.

As well as reforestation and restoring peatlands, which would directly create 1,129 jobs, the party has announced a £150m nature restoration fund to restore key habitats such as wetlands, rivers and coastlines, creating 428 jobs.

The party will also support rural businesses and food producers including the establishment of a National Farm Land Trust to help a new generation of farmers and growers access land.

Scottish Greens: independence is route to global Scotland

Sun 18 Apr, 2021

Scottish independence is the clearest path to a fairer and greener Scotland that can play a leading role in international efforts on peace and tackling the climate emergency, the Scottish Greens will say today.

The Scottish Greens manifesto commits to an independence referendum during the next parliamentary session, at a time decided by a simple majority of the Scottish Parliament.