On 9th February the Australian Green Party wrote to the Scottish Green Party asking for its position on the proposed Viking Energy windfarm. A month later there has been no proper reply, apart from an email stating that the party had not been asked about the project before so would need to get back on what their policy was concerning the development.
When I lived and worked back in my hameland from 2002 to 2006 I attended, with my family, the Scottish Greens national conference at Dundee University (at our own cost ) to tell of the environmental disaster a “super quarry” would inflict on the folk at Sullom and the Shetland community. The conference gave unanimous support to our campaign against the quarry. We defeated that destructive development which was backed by local councillors.
I had previously been active in environmental activism since 1971 in New South Wales where our action in the NSW branch of the Builders Labourer’s Federation in creating the world’s first Green ban – “Kelly’s Bush” was the forerunner to the world Green movement.
The late Petra Kelly, one of the co-founders of the German Greens, is quoted as saying, and told me personally, that we were the reason she saw the great potential in a green movement. Fighting for the natural and built environment has been part of my life as an activist, trade unionist and as part of the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders’ ongoing struggle to protect their land, sea, culture and spirituality.
I ask the Scottish Greens: Why don’t they support a grassroots movement like Sustainable Shetland of nearly 800 members, the John Muir Trust, Shetland Islands Council’s own planning department and numerous other organisations in opposition to a development that is obviously environmentally destructive to the Shetland Islands; and if the Greens believe in local democracy why don’t they call for a public inquiry?
Imposing decisions from a government in Edinburgh is a contradiction to what Scottish independence means. It’s more of the “big bully syndrome” from down south in Westminster, which Scotland has had to put up with since the 1707 “act of union”.