Community groups show the way on climate change

At her final public meeting of the 2011 election campaign, top Green candidate, Alison Johnstone, has praised community action on climate change and said that politicians need to take a lead from it.

At the Juniper Green Church hustings last night (Tuesday 3 May) Ms Johnstone singled out local community group, PIPER for the pioneering work it has done with schools and other community groups in Currie, Balerno and Juniper Green, saying:

“Getting to the low carbon future that Scotland and Edinburgh needs must be a priority for politicians but it cannot be done by politicians alone. Groups like PIPER here in South West Edinburgh have been pushing the boundaries of action and this is the kind of initiative that I will want to support if elected as Green MSP for Lothian.”

Award-winning Green campaigner, Mike Ferrigan of PIPER added:

“The Scottish Green Party is to be commended for its vision and pragmatism by the provision of the community Climate Challenge Fund in the last term of the Scottish Parliament. As a result of this funding PIPER and hundreds of projects the length and breadth of Scotland have been able to significantly raise awareness and cut carbon emissions. I will be giving my second vote to the Scottish Green Party on Thursday and ask everyone to do their bit to help fight climate change by doing the same.”