Third year of missed climate targets shows need for step change

Tue 15 Jun, 2021

Scotland has missed Scottish Government climate emissions reductions targets for the third year in a row, and the Scottish Greens have warned this reveals a step-change in policy is needed before it is too late.

While source emissions dropped slightly in 2019, that is only because 2018 figures have been revised upwards. Transport emissions remains by far the biggest contributor to Scotland failing to meet its targets, with agriculture and other land use also playing a major part.

Commenting, Scottish Greens environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell said:

FMQs: Nicola Sturgeon incorrect on teacher grades

Fri 11 Jun, 2021

Responding to comments from the First Minister during FMQS stating that “If the teacher's judgement is that they stand by the results they gave that results stands”, Scottish Greens education spokesperson Ross Greer said:

Greens call on government to improve trans healthcare

Thu 10 Jun, 2021

Scottish Greens health and social care spokesperson Gillian Mackay MSP has called on the Scottish Government to address concerns that many trans people are waiting years to access gender identity services.

Speaking at First Minister’s Questions today Ms Mackay called for a clear commitment that the Scottish Government would take the steps needed to address the challenges currently facing trans healthcare.

Gillian Mackay said:

“I’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Pride but we should always remember that Pride started as a protest.

Parliament challenged to get tough on corporate crime

Thu 10 Jun, 2021

MSPs will today vote on Scottish Green proposals for tougher enforcement for crimes committed by corporations, including causing environmental damage.

In her amendment to today’s Scottish Government debate on justice, Scottish Greens MSP Maggie Chapman will challenge parliament to recognise the urgent need to identify and increase enforcement action against corporate and environmental crime.

Halted eviction shows need for ban extension

Wed 9 Jun, 2021

The last-minute reprieve of a West Lothian resident with a disabled son shows the need for the eviction ban to be extended, Scottish Greens co-leader and Lothian MSP Lorna Slater has said.

Lors, from Livingston, was set to lose her home on Wednesday, despite accommodation which meets her disabled son’s needs not being available for three weeks, but thanks to pressure from The Living Rent campaign supported by Hannah Bardell MP and Lorna Slater the eviction was delayed at the 11th hour to give her time to move her vulnerable family safely.

UBI pilots closer after Holyrood backs Greens call

Tue 8 Jun, 2021

MSPs have backed Scottish Greens calls for trails of a Universal Basic Income to be brought forward and for the Scottish Government to explore ways of effectively ending the benefit cap.

An amendment to the Scottish Government’s motion on poverty by Scottish Greens social security spokesperson Maggie Chapman was passed, calling for UBI pilots to start “at the earliest possible opportunity” and commits government to “exploring funding options to end the benefit cap.”

Greens highlight unicef call for greater global vaccine support

Tue 8 Jun, 2021

Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie has said Scotland’s voice should be added to calls for greater donations of vaccines from rich countries to the developing world.

Responding to the First Minister’s statement in parliament this afternoon, Mr Harvie highlighted a letter to G7 leaders noting that the international COVAX programme was 190 million doses short of where it needed to be.

Patrick Harvie said:

Scottish Greens back National Marine Parks proposal

Tue 8 Jun, 2021

Scottish Greens have welcomed a proposal from the Blue Marine Foundation for the establishment of National Marine Parks in Scotland.

Scots back Greens ideas for oil and gas

Tue 8 Jun, 2021

Almost two thirds of Scots back Scottish Green plans to begin the transition of jobs away from oil and gas and wind down extraction in the North Sea, according to a new poll.

In a blow to Scottish Conservative attempts to scaremonger over the subject, a survey of Scots has shown 66% believe the UK Government should redirect oil and gas subsidies to renewables and low carbon industries. Only the Scottish Greens propose such a plan.

Greens back SQA appeals call

Mon 7 Jun, 2021

Scottish Greens have backed a call from the Scottish Youth Parliament, Children's Commissioner and leading academics for urgent changes to the appeals process for this year's school grades.