Rainbows & unicorns: How Scotland’s Just Transition is making waves for climate

The Rainbow Warrior enchants even lying still in the water. The famous emblem bursting to life in a blaze of colour, 55m masts towering above. A lick of green paint might be needed to cover the corrosion here and there. But framed against the silvery Scottish skies in Leith it remains a symbol of hope, of defiance, of a group that knows how to win. … Continue reading Rainbows & unicorns: How Scotland’s Just Transition is making waves for climate

Watch Magid Magid hail Fridays for Future school strikers over ‘hope’

Former MEP and Mayor of Sheffield Magid Magid has heaped praise on the Fridays for Future activists, praising school climate strikers for making a stand.

Speaking at an event organised by Edinburgh Greens at the Out of the Blue Drill Hall in Leith, the politician compared what he was doing at the same age to those fighting for a better future.

He said they gave him “hope”. Continue reading “Watch Magid Magid hail Fridays for Future school strikers over ‘hope’”

Scottish Government’s draft climate Bill slated by environmentalists as ‘timid’

DISAPPOINTING. Timid. Just some of the words used to express the complete and utter frustration sweeping through the environmental lobby today as the Scottish Government stood accused of choking over its draft Climate Bill.

Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham announced it was aiming for a 90% target in cutting emissions by 2050, with a pledge to gravitate towards becoming 100% carbon neutral.

But a list of respected groups lined up to attack the SNP administration for failing to set a tougher immediate target that would not just require action, but make Scotland and its rich natural resources a world leader.  Continue reading “Scottish Government’s draft climate Bill slated by environmentalists as ‘timid’”

Harvie accuses SNP on fossil fuel support as Sturgeon hails ScotGov as eco leaders

THE Scottish Greens have challenged the SNP Government to ditch fossil fuels to prove it is serious about fighting climate change.

Co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP said the First Minister had to ‘think bigger than cotton buds’ when it comes to tackling pollution caused by the petrochemicals industry.

It came on a day when the government announced it would look to ban plastic held cotton buds to help tackle marine and other pollution. Continue reading “Harvie accuses SNP on fossil fuel support as Sturgeon hails ScotGov as eco leaders”

Forestry funds to be reinvested in sector after amendment to Bill is agreed

ALL money raised from Scotland’s National Forestry Estate will be reinvested in the industry here in Scotland, after a new amendment to a Bill going through parliament was agreed. Scottish Greens Rural Communities spokesperson John Finnie MSP argued that funds raised by the National Forestry Estate (NFE) in the disposal of any of its property should be reinvested in forestry. Current it can be spent … Continue reading Forestry funds to be reinvested in sector after amendment to Bill is agreed

Scottish Green Party co-convenor Maggie Chapman says Robert Mugabe reversal good news for human rights

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SCOTTISH Green co-convenor Maggie Chapman said stripping Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe of his role as a goodwill ambassador for the World Health Organisation after just 24-hrs is a victory for human rights.

She said controversial appointment – greeted with worldwide derision – had made her “blood boil” before she won the backing of Scottish Green Party members to condemn it at their Autumn conference on Saturday.

But today as it became clear that WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had rescinded the flawed appointment, she said it was “great news”.

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#SGPConf Demands, warnings and a rallying cry to do more … the rise and rise of the Scottish Greens

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THERE were no coughing fits, no signage malfunctions, no apparent nerves. And crucially perhaps, no sense of triumphalism.

But when Patrick Harvie, suited and booted,  took the podium at the Scottish Green Party conference in Edinburgh, the hundreds gathered and those who will see him on TV later could be left in no doubt.

This is a man, and a party, that means business.

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#SGPConf: Watch Scottish Greens co-convenor Patrick Harvie talk about how party is ‘Leading the change’

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SCOTTISH Greens co-convenor Patrick Harvie told their party conference that they were the movement leading the change in Scottish politics.

In an address at Edinburgh Napier University,he listed their achievements in seeing long standing campaigns being turned into reality.

He said they had a “real opportunity” to make a difference.

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#SGPConf Scottish Greens agree emergency motion backing MSP Mark Ruskell’s call to thwart ‘toxic Tory pen’ on fracking

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THE Scottish Green Party voted overwhelmingly today to back a motion calling on the Holyrood government to make fracking illegal in Scotland by enshrining it into law.

In an impassioned speech to the party faithful, Mark Ruskell MSP called on members to back a motion he is putting to the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday urging the SNP administration to outlaw the practice with legislation.

He said they were “so close” to making it happen.

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Anti-fracking rally place outside Scottish Parliament on Tuesday ahead of crucial vote by MSPs

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CAMPAIGNERS calling for an outright ban on fracking across Scotland are to stage a final rally outside the Scottish Parliament before MSPs take part in a crucial vote.

They will gather outside Holyrood in Edinburgh at 1pm on Tuesday to make last minute representations to politicians heading for the chamber.

The Scottish Government has already announced it is extending its moratorium on fracking indefinitely – but they are facing mounting pressure to pass legislation that would enshrine that protection into law.

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#SGPConf: Patrick Harvie says Scottish Greens are ‘leading the change’ to a fairer future

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THE Scottish Greens are ‘leading the change’ across the country, co-convenor Patrick Harvie will tell delegates at the party’s annual conference in Edinburgh today.

He will accuse other parties of ‘playing catch-up’ in proposing policies for a ‘fairer and greener country’.

It comes as the Scottish Green Party, who are heading close to a full-house at their event at Edinburgh Napier University, are buoyed by recent successes around their involvement in frack and smacking bans.

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Fracking film from Scottish Green Party looks to turn up the heat

THE Scottish Green Party has released a short film as part of their campaign against fracking.

It comes as the Scottish Government prepares to make a decision on whether or not to allow the gas drilling process.

Fracking has been condemned as “dangerous and unnecessary” by the Scottish Greens.

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