Reducing the speed limit will improve child health

Scottish Greens Sun 6 Jan, 2019

Reducing the speed limit will improve child health for at least three reasons.  Firstly, slower traffic makes for safer streets which means that fewer children are killed on Scottish roads.  Secondly, slower traffic will encourage children to walk and change their lifestyle to one which counters the obesity epidemic.  Thirdly, slower (and less) traffic passing through residential areas will improve the quality of air that children breathe in.

The world is a better place because of those who bravely follow peace processes

John Finnie MSP Fri 4 Jan, 2019

Like many, I am always keen to support any cessation of violence or moves to peace.

In any armed conflict, it takes courage to disarm and good grace to engage with former combatants.

The world is a better place because of those who bravely followed peace processes in the north of Ireland and South Africa and, whilst there are unresolved differences, a willingness to seek truth and reconciliation provides a constructive environment in which former adversaries and communities can move forward together.

Greer calls on Scot Gov to end support for arms dealers supplying Brazil

Wed 2 Jan, 2019

Scottish Greens international relations spokesperson Ross Greer MSP today (2 Jan) called on the Scottish Government to end its financial support of arms dealers supplying the Brazilian government, following yesterday’s inauguration of the openly fascist Jair Bolsonaro as Brazilian president.

Happy New Year!

Scottish Greens Mon 31 Dec, 2018

Patrick Harvie, Maggie Chapman, Gillian Mackay and Jon Molyneux look back at the challenges and achievements of 2018, and forward to 2019 when we'll continue Leading The Change.

 

Government ignoring demand for safer cycling routes; ministers set to fail target

Sun 30 Dec, 2018

The Scottish Greens today (30 Dec) accused the SNP Government of ignoring public demand for safer cycling routes as ministers look set to fail to meet their own target of ensuring that 10 per cent of all journeys in Scotland are made by bicycle within the next twelve months. 

The 2020 target is a long way from the current situation, with the most recent Household Survey showing that just 3 per cent of adults usually cycle to work and less than 1 per cent of children cycle to school. 

Wightman warns rampant growth in short-term lets hollowing out Edinburgh

Fri 28 Dec, 2018

As thousands of visitors descend of Edinburgh for Hogmanay, Scottish Greens housing spokesperson Andy Wightman MSP is warning that the rampant growth in property owners converting their houses and flats to short-term lets is hollowing out Scotland’s capital city.

Analysis by the Lothian MSP, whose “Homes First” campaign is pushing for better regulation of the industry, shows that in the last year the number of entire houses or flats being let out for short-term rent has rocketed from 5,474 to 7,366. 

Finnie calls for action to make all Scottish railway stations “step-free”

Thu 27 Dec, 2018

Scottish Greens transport spokesperson John Finnie MSP is today (27 Dec) calling on Scottish Ministers to speed up action to make all Scottish railway stations “step-free” to improve accessibility for people with mobility difficulties and families with prams and buggies.

A Freedom of Information request to Network Rail from the Green MSP for the Highlands and Islands reveals that of over 350 stations in Scotland, only 40 are officially classified as “step-free”, although some may have platforms accessible via paths. 

Boxing Day fox hunts could be the last as Johnstone bill moves closer

Wed 26 Dec, 2018

This Boxing Day, as fox hunts meet around the UK including in Scotland, Scottish Green MSP Alison Johnstone has pledged to publish a consultation on plans to introduce an effective fox hunting ban and better protect Scotland’s wild mammals.

Boxing Day hunts include the Berwickshire hunt, which meets in Greenlaw - events described as an “annual family ritual” by the Countryside Alliance but which Ms Johnstone says are cruel.

In November Alison observed a hunt in the Borders with investigators from the League Against Cruel Sports.

Ms Johnstone said:

Social isolation is everywhere in society: we need a society-wide response

Maggie Chapman Fri 21 Dec, 2018

The festive season often gives cause to reminisce about the past: happier times, sadder times, younger times. And it has become a seasonal ritual to consider those less fortunate, those for whom this is a difficult time, those who are alone.

 

Social isolation and loneliness are on the increase. And, according to research from three continents, loneliness is as lethal as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Lonely people are will have poorer mental and physical health and are 50% more likely to die prematurely than those with healthy social relationships.