Meet Kate Nevens – Green candidate for Edinburgh South

Meet Kate Nevens, the Scottish Greens candidate for Edinburgh South. Kate talks about her background and why she’s standing for election to Westminster in the December election.

I’m standing in this election because I want to see urgent, radical action on the climate crisis. We have less than ten years to put in reverse the worst effects of climate change, and the other major parties are falling far short of the commitments that are needed.  

My professional background is in international development, human rights and peacebuilding. I’ve spent time in countries like South Sudan where already people’s livelihoods have been affected by the climate crisis, where people have been displaced from their homes, and where changing access to resources is driving conflict. The climate emergency is not just around the corner: it is happening now. 

I believe that the only way we can tackle the climate emergency is by working with others, including by remaining in the European Union. The Scottish Greens have an action plan: a Scottish Green New Deal that will see thousands of new green jobs created, ensure everyone has a warm home and access to cheap green public transport, and transition us to a low carbon economy. 

I also want to see a more just and humane immigration and asylum system across the UK. I will campaign to make sure European citizens are supported to stay, and that our visa system works to help rather than hinder individuals and families who want to make their homes here. I’d also fight to make it easier for refugees and asylum-seekers to get here safely, to end detention, and to establish a system where refugees can work, vote and be reunited with their family members.   

I’m originally from Norwich (also home to Alan Partridge) and I first moved to Edinburgh as a student in 2001. I came back four years ago to make this city my permanent home – and even got a dog! I love the warm and welcoming atmosphere here, and all our amazing green and community spaces.  

I currently work as a facilitator for charities and community groups across Scotland and internationally, and am the co-convenor of the local branch of the Edinburgh Greens.  I’ve previously worked in management positions for Saferworld, Engender, Chatham House and Amnesty International.  

I’m a feminist activist, and campaign on issues such as the two-child benefit cap and rape clause, abortion rights, trans rights, and women’s political participation. I also do a lot of campaigning against the arms trade, mostly focused on the manufacturing and export of conventional weapons and military equipment, because of the damage I’ve seen these do in Yemen, Egypt, Palestine, and other countries I care deeply about. In Scotland, I want to see us start transitioning jobs in arms manufacturing into jobs in renewable energy, and to end all  public investments in arms companies.  

If you have any questions or would like to know more about me, please email me on: kate.nevens@scottishgreens.org.uk