Greens: Back school students ahead of new climate strike

Fri 8 Mar, 2019

Scottish Greens have today (8 March 2019) stepped up calls for councils across Scotland to back young climate protestors with just one week to go until the next global school strike.

Green MSPs have written to bosses at all Scottish councils urging them to publicly support young people who take part in the strikes, after the City of Edinburgh Council backed a Green motion to veto punishment earlier this week.

Green MSPs are making Scotland the best country for children to grow up in

Alison Johnstone MSP Fri 8 Mar, 2019

The Scottish Greens have gender balanced leadership roles throughout the party, and last weekend our Council agreed to adopt a Co-leadership model in the parliamentary Green group. I’m delighted that I will now be sharing this new role with Patrick Harvie, and this week, on the day we debate International Women’s Day, was my first opportunity to lead for the party at FMQs.

Ruskell: More needs to be done to prevent beaver suffering

Tue 5 Mar, 2019

Following news that the Scottish Government will introduce legal protections for beavers from May this year, it has been revealed that beavers may still be killed during the breeding season.

Scottish Greens Environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP has raised serious concerns that this will lead to pregnant beavers being shot and dependent kits left to suffer. Ruskell has called on the Scottish Government to strengthen the proposed protections to ensure no shooting takes place during the breeding season.

Scottish Government Cycle 'Vision' Not On Track To Meet Community Needs

Alison Johnstone MSP Tue 5 Mar, 2019

When I led the Scottish Parliament’s first ever debate on cycling in 2012, I began by suggesting it is often the case that public attitudes are ahead of the policy-makers responsible for representing them.

Back then, in parts of Edinburgh, up to 20% of vehicles on the roads were bikes, but the picture nationally was mixed, with journeys by bike at a lowly 1%.

Ruskell reveals MSPs opposed to levy hog Holyrood car park

Mon 4 Mar, 2019

Scottish Greens Environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP has accused Tory, Labour and Lib Dem MSPs of duplicity, claiming their opposition to the devolvolution of workplace parking levy powers to councils was largely borne out of self interest.

Mr Ruskell made the claims after obtaining figures from the Scottish Parliament Corporate Body showing that MSPs from the three parties use the Holyrood car park substantially more than others.

The figures reveal that over a four-week period commencing 7 January 2019, 64 MSPs used the car park at least once.

Ruskell reveals MSPs opposed to levy hog Holyrood car park

Mon 4 Mar, 2019

Scottish Greens Environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP has accused Tory, Labour and Lib Dem MSPs of duplicity, claiming their opposition to the devolvolution of workplace parking levy powers to councils was largely borne out of self interest.

Mr Ruskell made the claims after obtaining figures from the Scottish Parliament Corporate Body showing that MSPs from the three parties use the Holyrood car park substantially more than others.

The figures reveal that over a four-week period commencing 7 January 2019, 64 MSPs used the car park at least once.

Committee backs Green calls for urgent climate action

Mon 4 Mar, 2019

Scottish Greens environment and climate change spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP has today (4 March) called on the Scottish Government to up its ambition on tackling climate change following the publication of the Scottish Parliament’s Environment Committee report on the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill.

The committee has backed Green calls for greater urgency to stop global temperatures rising to dangerous levels, and acknowledged the necessity to set a net zero target for all greenhouse gas emissions.

Johnstone and Harvie to become parliamentary co leaders

Sat 2 Mar, 2019

Alison Johnstone MSP and Patrick Harvie MSP have today (2 March) been confirmed as the Co-Leaders of the Scottish Greens Parliamentary Group following a meeting of the Scottish Green Party National Council, who approved the proposals brought forward by the MSP group.

The MSPs will share leadership responsibilities in parliament including speaking for the party at set piece events such as First Ministers Questions, which Ms Johnstone will do for the first time this Thursday.

Maggie Chapman remains a Co-Convenor of the party's national Council.

Johnstone calls for end to hare slaughter      

Fri 1 Mar, 2019

Alison Johnstone MSP has today (1 Mar) repeated her call for an end the indiscriminate slaughter of mountain hares in Scotland. Today marks the first day of the closed season, which runs until the end of July, during which hares can only be killed under licence.

Evidence suggests that hare numbers have fallen dramatically in parts of the Highlands, and the Green MSP, who is the species champion for the mountain hare, is calling for an end to the mass killing of the iconic creatures on grouse moors.

Alison Johnstone MSP said:

Scotland needs 20mph vision for safer streets

Mark Ruskell MSP Fri 1 Mar, 2019

It was over three decades ago that a child in my class at school was struck down and killed while out playing on his bike. His death sent out a shock wave throughout the whole school community and although I didn’t know him that well, his death still preys on my mind today, especially when I see my own kids enjoying playing out.