Groups sign up to pledge

Do­ing their bit for cli­mate change

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Staff re­porter

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.”

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