Greens respond to reports that PM plans to suspend parliament

Wed 28 Aug, 2019

Responding to reports that the Prime Minister plans to ask the Queen to suspend parliament, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said: 

John to retire at next election

Tue 27 Aug, 2019

Highlands and Islands Green MSP John Finnie has today (27th Aug) announced that he will retire at the next Scottish Parliament election.

The Scottish Greens have begun selecting candidates for the election in 2021 and Mr Finnie, who was first elected to represent the Highlands and Islands in 2011 and subsequently re-elected in 2016, has indicated that he will not seek a further term.

Speaking of his decision, Mr Finnie said:

Mountain hares in serious decline

Mon 26 Aug, 2019

The Scottish Government must act now after newly-published data by the EU shows a massive decline in mountain hare populations in Scotland, The Scottish Greens have said.

The figures come from Scottish Natural Heritage’s submission to the EU’s Article 17 report on the protection of habitats and species, and shows the status of the mountain hares has been downgraded to ‘unfavourable’ with a ‘large decline’ recorded since 2013.

Unregulated killing of mountain hares continues in Scotland, including around moors managed for the shooting of grouse.

Scottish Greens welcome WWF call ahead of Scottish Green New Deal launch

Mon 26 Aug, 2019

The Scottish Greens have welcomed WWF’s 12-point call for action on the climate emergency ahead of the party’s launch of an ambitious Scottish Green New Deal this week.

The environmental NGO has joined with civic and business leaders - named the Climate Emergency Response Group - to call for 12 actions from the Scottish Government to address the Climate Emergency including maximising sustainable land use, investing in zero-carbon homes and dedicating the Scottish National Investment Bank to delivering on the Climate Emergency.

Brexit will rip up environmental regulations

Wed 21 Aug, 2019

Boris Johnson’s admission that Brexit will lead to a ripping up of environmental safeguards and workers’ rights shows why the hard-right Brexit project must be stopped, the Scottish Greens have said.

In his letter to EU leaders, the Prime Minister said regulations governing “environmental, product and labour standards” must “diverge” from the EU.

“That is the point our exit,” he adds.

Hunterston reactor four to be restarted for four months

Tue 20 Aug, 2019

Responding to the news Hunterston reactor four is to be restarted for four months, West of Scotland Green MSP Ross Greer said:

“There is nothing reassuring for communities around Hunterston in this decision to restart one of the reactors.

“The ONR themselves have detailed four previous notable safety incidents. These include lost cooling for a reactor, the failure of a shutdown pump and smoke from a control room panel.

Edinburgh Council must not treat climate strikers like truants

Fri 16 Aug, 2019

Scottish Greens education spokesman Ross Greer has urged Edinburgh Council to “see sense” over plans to restrict school climate strikes to once a year.

Edinburgh councillors will today decide whether to restrict permitted days off from school to a single day per year, after a Scottish Green motion called for councillors to back days of action by Scottish Youth Climate Strike (SYCS) group on September 20 and 27.

The strikes are part of a coordinated global movement started by sixteen-year-old Swedish school pupil Greta Thunberg.

Commenting, Ross Greer said:

Urgent call for renewable heating to tackle climate emergency

Mon 12 Aug, 2019

The Scottish Greens have called for urgent action to transform the way Scottish homes are heated amid the climate emergency.

With most buildings in Scotland - including the majority of new houses - relying on fossil fuels to keep warm, Scottish Green energy spokesperson Mark Ruskell has written to Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse calling for action.

Heat accounts for half of Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions from energy use and a failure to act swiftly would not meet the challenge of the climate emergency. Targets on heat in the 2009 Climate Bill have not been met.

Levenmouth line to reopen

Thu 8 Aug, 2019

Responding to the news that the Levenmouth Rail Line is to reopen Fife’s Green MSP Mark Ruskell said:

“This announcement is fantastic news for Levenmouth and the East of Fife, and credit must be given to the passionate local campaign who have effectively demonstrated the transformative impact a railway line would have on the local community.

Nuclear arms race reappears on Hiroshima anniversary

Tue 6 Aug, 2019

Comments from Russian president Vladimir Putin show the spectre of nuclear war is rising again, Scottish Green MSP Ross Greer has said.

American President Donald Trump withdrew from a major cold-war weapons treaty with Russia on Friday, prompting the Russian leader to say he would have “no option” but to match America’s weapons systems.

The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force (INF) treaty, signed in 1987, banned land-based missiles with a range between 310 and 3,400 miles and was designed to reduce the chances of a strike being launched at short notice.