Green MSP John Finnie: THE closure of Ravenscraig, the coal mines, the collapse of Silicon Glen, the fight for the shipyards – we’ve seen in Scotland what happens when we don’t build a new future for people. Taking a long-term view to ensure people’s future is what the Scottish Green New Deal (GND), which we launched this week, is all about. As I reflect on a career as a police officer and an elected representative since 2007, it seems a long-term view is needed more than ever. When the Scottish Greens pushed for governments to recognise the climate emergency, we were initially told that “turning off the tap” of oil and gas would leave a workforce on the scrapheap. What nonsense. No-one is talking about “turning off the tap”. What the Greens are proposing is a just transition that looks after all of our future. The reliance on oil and gas in the north-east was exposed after the oil price crash of 2014. Some managed to get jobs in other industries, others were not so lucky. That should have been a warning, a glimpse into a future which relies on non-renewable resources. Those working in oil and gas are not the problem. The climate emergency is the problem. That’s why we owe it those people to secure new low-carbon jobs for them now, not wait until the limited resources that are damaging our planet runs out. That really would be leaving them on the scrapheap.
The National 31st May 2019 read more »