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Edinburgh is a player on the global stage – let’s make that a reputation to be proud of

From time to time local politics compels us to both fight global injustices and face our city’s legacy of slavery and colonialism.


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For political change to happen, politics itself must change

Alys Mumford calls out the state of sexism in politics and what it means for equality in the City Chambers.


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Update on the Greenbank-Meadows Quiet Route

Following the consultation, Green Cllr Ben Parker explains his position on the future of the route.


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Short term holiday lets: what can I do?

Councillor Ben Parker looks at the role of citizens in ensuring effective regulation of STLs.


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Greening Edinburgh’s Budget for People and Planet

It’s budget time again at Edinburgh Council. Alys Mumford lays out the spending priorities Greens will be advocating for.


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A Green view on Edinburgh’s Housing Emergency

Green group Co-Convener Ben Parker explores how this should be a catalyst for changing our approach to housing in the capital.


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Cross-party letter calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza

Green councillors in Edinburgh co-ordinate call for ceasefire and an end to occupation of Palestine


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Greenbank-Meadows Quiet Route consultation update

Green Cllr Ben Parker tells the long and the short of it, and outlines his views about the options on the table


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A chance to make local taxes fairer

Council Tax may not be a just system of local taxation but the Scottish Government consultation gives us an opportunity to make it fairer and increase money for public services, argues Green Cllr Alys Mumford


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Our city’s culture can be accessible year-round

Dan Heap argues that the council can make better use of its leverage to remove barriers to culture for local people.


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We need collective and immediate action on climate

Every day we read about new record temperatures around the world, we need to take action.


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Co-operatives – Edinburgh’s democratic economy

To celebrate International Co-operatives Day, we look at how local co-operatives provide housing, food and services as people-centred enterprises that aim to change the world.


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Transforming the Causey for the community

How an urban space redesign project developed a life of its own when locals started sitting outside, looking after planters and blethering.


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Bill Brockie – a life well lived

Longstanding Green member Bill Brockie died on 11 June after a period of illness. Former Green councillor Gavin Corbett reflects on Bill’s legacy.


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Only just hanging on – a crisis in care

As the council make nearly £9 million of cuts to health and social care services, Claire Miller warns this will take a system dependent on unpaid carers dangerously close to complete failure.


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What a difference a year makes

Cllr Alys Mumford points out the real, noticeable changes for the people of Edinburgh that their 10 Green councillors have made.


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Putting power in the hands of the people

Cllr Jule Bandel explains why and how we can make better decisions with participatory budgeting.


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Health and social care budget cuts need more scrutiny

Cllr Claire Miller is pushing back against proposals which could put people at serious risk of ill health.


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Holyrood Park – for everyone to enjoy

Enjoyment of Edinburgh’s beautiful historic park is marred by the noise and disruption of traffic. Car Free Holyrood is campaigning to make it a place for people, not cars.


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In political games, women are always the losers

Cllr Kayleigh O’Neill examines why International Women’s Day is needed now more than ever.


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The SNP/Green Council Budget explained

Cllr Alex Staniforth clarifies five of the key lines in the budget proposal.


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Greens announce city budget proposal for 2023/4

More than £1 million on climate measures, £500,000 on public toilets and £100,000 on increased park lighting included in proposals for the Council’s budget.


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Fight transphobia in any way we can

The least we can do is to take all the opportunities we can to say that we support, love, and will protect trans people.


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Edinburgh citizens missing out on £100m unclaimed income

Dan Heap on why Edinburgh Council should be investing in advice services to help families through the cost-of-living crisis.


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Edinburgh Greens select candidate for by-election

Chris Young has been selected as Edinburgh Greens’ candidate for the Corstorphine/Murrayfield by-election on 9 March.


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A budget for the future and poverty reduction

Good budget choices require bold leadership and the redistribution of wealth, argues Green councillor Alys Mumford


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Warm and welcoming spaces vital this winter

This measure shows the strength of community in our city, says Lorna Slater, but can never substitute the structural change and policies needed to tackle poverty.


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Now’s the time for a car-free Holyrood Park

Having car free roads in the park has made people feel safer, more active and ready to explore the outdoors, says Lorna Slater MSP


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The cost of Tory greed this winter

It is upsetting that we need a warm spaces scheme but we have no choice but to fight for it.


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More cruelty and chaos, or a bold forward-looking country

Lorna Slater MSP compares what Westminster has to offer with the Scottish Government’s white paper


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‘No recourse to public funds’ – a racist and unjust immigration law

In order for public spending to help everyone in Edinburgh, we need to end racist Westminster policies says Ben Parker


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Rent freeze and eviction protections delivered

Last week was a big week in the Scottish Parliament, and a historic week for tenants – Lorna Slater


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Trees play a vital role – we need to keep them healthy

Green councillor Ben Parker talks about tree concerns in Morningside and the action he’s taking.


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Solidarity to the strikers

Statement on council worker strikes from the Green Councillor Group


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Tackling the cost of living

Susan Rae argues that Edinburgh Council must do more to help those struggling with the soaring cost of living.


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Another sign the climate crisis is happening here and now

It should not be this hot. This global crisis needs individual governments to take action now – Lorna Slater


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Negotiating change in the Chambers

While Westminster politics is dominating our news cycles, twitter feeds and pub chats, Green wins at a local level are focused on the climate and social justice we need to see.


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Forced to seek legal advice on 16th day in Edinburgh Council

Green Cllr Kayleigh O’Neill – ‘At least, hopefully, it will be easier for the next person’


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Putting the brakes on fast fashion

Lorna Slater on the launch of the Circular Textiles Fund and what that can do to mitigate the cost to the planet of fast fashion.


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The possibilities are huge with independence

Lorna Slater MSP – an independent Scotland would give us the best possible platform to build an economy that works for people and the planet.