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Highlands and Islands Greens
Highlands and Islands Greens

Greens Welcome Civilian Space Industry Opportunities

Monday, October 12th, 2015

On the closing day of the Scottish Greens annual conference yesterday (11/10), members overwhelmingly adopted a ground-breaking new set of policies to help support Scotland’s fledgling Space industry.

The policies recognise the importance of continued space exploration, and lay out a first step in building a sensibly regulated Scottish space industry that leads in high skilled jobs and developing new technology, as well as benefiting the wider community.

James MacKessack-Leitch, Moray Greens Convenor, proposed the changes:

“I’m delighted that the Scottish Greens have adopted a flexible and responsible approach to this fledgling industry, and the massive potential it brings.”

“While there are rightly concerns about environmental impacts, and the potential for space tourism to become an exclusive plaything of the super rich, now is the time to start seriously thinking about how we can make sure the benefits of the space industry are widely felt and how our communities are involved.”

“Moray in particular has excellent potential as a launch pad for space flights from Kinloss or Lossiemouth, and I will continue to call on the Ministry of Defence to rethink its opposition to using the bases, so that rather than missing the opportunity, we can begin to build a world leading civilian space industry that will help secure our long term prosperity.”