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

Scottish Government must do more on environment in farming claim Greens

SCOTTISH Government ministers should do more to encourage farmers to invest in looking after the environment, rival politicians have claimed. The Scottish Greens criticised the SNP administration over what it says is a lack of vision in the  latest agriculture plan, saying it lags behind Westminster on the issue. Their attack came after Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing  launched a consultation into the future of … Continue reading Scottish Government must do more on environment in farming claim Greens

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”

#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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‘The greatest responsibility of all that we owe to the next generation is to protect the planet.’ – Nicola Sturgeon

IN the throes of a conference speech, her section about the environment registered barely 3000 characters. Fewer than 700 words. 

They were weighted to the business end of the address, knowing the audience would be warmed up enough to still pay attention but greet them warmly.

But in those carefully scripted words, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon set her government up to deliver on big, bold promises.

Here are the key passges in full.

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