Groups sign up to pledge
Doing their bit for climate change
Two groups from Rutherglen and Cambuslang were among 150 organisations who have signed up to taking Scotland’s Climate Change Pledge for Communities, run by Keep Scotland Beautiful on behalf of the Scottish Government.
Lightburn Elderly Association Project (Leap) and Hope Amplified, who are based in Rutherglen, will now do their bit to contribute towards the country’s target to cut greenhouse gasses.
Groups taking the pledge acknowledge the increasing impact that climate change will have on their community, across Scotland and internationally, and commit to tackling the causes and effect of a changing climate within their local area.
It is hoped other groups will now sign up.
Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Aileen McLeod MSP congratulated those groups who had signed up, saying: “Climate change affects us all and we must all play our part in tackling it.
“It is fantastic to see the efforts being made by hundreds of community groups across Scotland and together we are making great progress, with Scotland already three quarters of the way towards meeting our 42 per cent emissions reduction target by 2020.
“Scotland’s Climate Change Pledge for Communities is a great way for people to take part in projects in their local area, and I hope the tremendous range of community action being demonstrated through the pledge will encourage others to get involved in tackling climate change.”
To sign up to the Pledge, groups can visit: www.keepscotlandbeautiful. org/takethepledge
Derek Robertson, Chief Executive at Keep Scotland Beautiful, added: “We are delighted at the overwhelming response to the Climate Change Pledge and would encourage many more groups to follow suit and commit to taking action.
“2015 is a very important year for climate change. As a result Keep Scotland Beautiful is hosting the only public consultation in Scotland ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris. We encourage everyone to get involved.”