Green council candidates launch manifesto for Edinburgh

Scottish Green Party council candidates gathered in Princes St Gardens today to launch their manifesto: Think Global, Act Local: A Green Edinburgh for Everyone.

The manifesto sets out an ambitious and comprehensive programme to deliver a Green recovery from COVID-19 and a just transition to a net zero city.

The party, who are fielding candidates in every ward in Edinburgh, hope to build on their previous record of getting eight councillors elected in 2017.

Green Councillor Claire Miller said:

“We’re excited to be launching our manifesto today, showing detailed Green plans to tackle the climate emergency as well as making our beautiful capital city a place where everyone can afford to live, learn and work. Since first being elected in 2007, our councillors have shown the difference that having Green voices in Edinburgh Council can make; successfully winning investment in safer cycling, greater transparency in the council, and increasing the rights of renters. I’m delighted to be part of our group of fantastic candidates standing for election this year.”

Green Candidate Jule Bandel said:

“With climate change, the cost of living crisis, and increased inequality, we can’t wait any more for Edinburgh council to take bold action. Our manifesto demonstrates how local activity can make real change to some of the global challenges facing us; now we just need people to Vote Green on May 5th and elect the biggest Green Group of Councillors yet to make these changes for the people of Edinburgh.”

Speaking about the launch, Green Minister Lorna Slater said:

“I’m incredibly proud to see our group of candidates for the council elections. With radical ideas for change, and a wealth of experience from campaigning, charity work, education and more, they will advocate for the changes we need to see in Edinburgh. Greens in Government are already making change – from free bus travel for under 22s to banning the most harmful plastics – and the Think Global, Act Local manifesto shows what is possible at a local level. I can’t wait to see what they will achieve.”

Read the full manifesto at:

Manifesto being held up