Edinburgh Greens celebrate community action on climate change

In the run up to international talks on climate change Edinburgh Green Party has brought together community groups which are at the forefront of tackling climate change.

In a meeting in the capital tomorrow night (Tuesday), community groups will describe how a dozen projects across the city have already received funding from the national Climate Challenge Fund (CCF), a programme which was proposed by Green MSPs in the 2007 Scottish election and secured in budget talks in 2008. 

The CCF takes bids from community groups for projects that reduce greenhouse gases.  Successful bids have come from the Greener Leith group for transport projects, while in the heart of the Old Town a much-cherished community hall is being transformed into an eco-friendly space.

Elsewhere in the city, projects have tackled fuel poverty, encouraged local food and transformed tenement back greens.

Southside / Newington Green Councillor, Steve Burgess, said:

“There is rightly a lot of attention on what politicians can do internationally to tackle climate change, in the run up to a crucial summit in Copenhagen in December.  But here in Edinburgh, communities have shown that they are not content to leave it all to international politics. They are showing leaders just what can be done.�

At the moment the final deadline for CCF bids is 13 January 2010.  More details on the programme can be found at www.edinburghgreens.org.uk      

The open meeting is at 7.30pm on 23 November at the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace.