Liberton / Gilmerton Ward: Candidate – Joan Carter

The Greens have selected Joan Carter to be the Green candidate for the Liberton / Gilmerton ward in the City Council elections of 3 May 2007. 

Joan Carter was born and brought up in New York City but moved to Scotland as a student in the 1970s. She lived in Shetland, married to a Shetlander, for 10 years. She also helped set up a local produce market, and encouraged eco-tourism through her involvement in a naturalist group. She spent some winters in Edinburgh earning her living as a dancer and enjoying the city’s literary and musical scenes.

In the 1980s she left Shetland, first restoring a farmhouse in Gozo, Malta, then completing her BSc in Environmental Studies at Plymouth. Moving to London, she had a brief period with Friends of the Earth, and then went on to work in bat conservation with what is now Fauna and Flora International. She married her present husband, archaeologist Stephen Carter, in 1988 and moved to Edinburgh in 1989. She has lived on its South Side ever since.

‘Our one child has attended the local schools, and I was very involved in the life of the Primary,’ says Joan. ‘After a short postgrad course at Edinburgh that involved a placement with the education department, I retrained as a community mediator, and I have been working with Edinburgh CM Service for four years, adding, I believe, to the peace quotient by helping people find non-violent ways to resolve conflict in their lives.

‘We have been working an allotment for about 15 years and I also swim regularly, dance irregularly and walk and cycle a good deal. I still have some involvement in bat conservation and I have been an active member of the Green Party here since branch meetings had attendance figures of 3 to 6! I’ve tried to live green; everyone should now have the right to make choices for sustainability.’