June 8, 2021
From Extinction Rebellion (UK)
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It’s been one month since the Scottish election, how are politicians dealing with the climate and ecological crisis so far?

Last month, Scottish voters took to the polling station to decide the country’s future. In the results of the election, the Scottish National Party (SNP) won a majority with 64 seats, one short of an overall majority. The Greens also made history with their results, they won eight seats which is their highest result since the Scottish parliament was established.

Rebel Radio produced a three-part miniseries where we asked politicians about their plans for tackling climate change:

Rebel Radio produced a three-part miniseries where we asked politicians about their plans for tackling climate change:

The first month of this parliamentary term has seen the easing of lockdown restrictions and the mass rollout of vaccines against COVID-19. The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon detailed in a statement on Scottish government priorities that they will work towards a Green recovery as the country emerges from the pandemic. In the speech made on the 26th of May Ms Sturgeon detailed some of the steps the government plans to take in a bid to
decarbonise the public transport network. She said that they would work with local authorities to resume low emission zones in Scotland’s cities. She also promised a free bicycle for children whose families cannot afford one.

The first month of this parliamentary term has seen the easing of lockdown restrictions and the mass rollout of vaccines against COVID-19. The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon detailed in a statement on Scottish government priorities that they will work towards a Green recovery as the country emerges from the pandemic. In the speech made on the 26th of May 2021 Ms Sturgeon detailed some of the steps the government plans to take in a bid to decarbonise the public transport network. She said that they would work with local authorities to resume low emission zones in Scotland’s cities. She also promised a free bicycle for children whose families cannot afford one.

Conversations have been taking place across political parties about the future of Scotland’s political landscape. The Scottish Greens have said that they are at a ‘very early stage’ of discussions with the SNP about a ‘co-operation agreement’. The deal means that Green Members of Scottish Parliament (MSPs) could enter government. Co-leader Lorna Slater has said that an agenda for the talks hadn’t been arranged yet and that the process could run through until August.

The first minister said the parties were studying what they have in common and said it was “not not inconceivable that a co-operation agreement could lead in future to a Green minister or ministers being part of this government”.




Source: Extinctionrebellion.uk