The Scottish Greens unveiled a new campaign today to transform Scotland’s economy. The Scottish Green New Deal would use every lever available to the Scottish Government to respond to the challenges of outrageous inequality, growing poverty, and the climate emergency with the urgency that is needed. This means; Rebuilding the public sector, providing long-term certainty for the private sector; Channelling investment into low-carbon industries to transition energy and manufacturing; Regional industrial strategies to target support to those who need it most; Green and integrated public transport; Restoring the natural environment by reforming land ownership and farming subsidies; A housing revolution to ensure warm and affordable homes. Scottish Greens co-leader Lorna Slater said: “It’s not enough to say it’s a climate emergency, we need governments to act.
Edinburgh Reporter 29th Aug 2019 read more »
The National 30th Aug 2019 read more »
SCOTTISH Greens want to reforest grouse moors as part of a dramatic drive to more than double how much of the country is covered in trees. The party yesterday sketched out plans for an unprecedented effort to mobilise Scotland’s public sector to tackle both the climate emergency and inequality. Dubbed a Scottish Green New Deal, the scheme – still an “overview”, say politicians – went well beyond forestry in to environmentally friendly housing, transport, industry and farming. But it set out a target of increasing forestry cover from a current figure of under 19% to a European average of 40%. The Greens have still to settle on a deadline for reaching their reforestation target but stressed this cannot be done without taking land away from what one its MSPs, Mark Ruskell, called an “anachronistic Victorian hobby”.
Herald 30th Aug 2019 read more »