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A Ruther­glen woman took the fight against cli­mate change to the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment last week.

An­drea Batch­e­lor at­tended a mass lobby event on Septem­ber 29 or­gan­ised by the Stop Cli­mate Chaos Scot­land coali­tion (SCCS) to en­sure the Scot­tish Govern­ment does more to im­prove en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, con­tinue to in­vest in the re­new­able en­ergy sec­tor and in low car­bon trans­port, and cut green­house gas emis­sions from the food we eat.

She met Ruther­glen MSP Clare Haughey, as well as Anas Sar­war and Pa­trick Harvie, who rep­re­sent the Glas­gow re­gion, to dis­cuss what Scot­land can do to tackle cli­mate change.

Re­tired An­drea, 61, said af­ter­wards she was im­pressed with what she heard.

She said: “I was re­ally pleased to be there along­side many com­mit­ted peo­ple talk­ing to their MSPs.

“I was also pleased with the re­sponse, they were all very knowl­edge­able.

“We spoke about the need for a ‘ just tran­si­tion’, which ba­si­cally means all the peo­ple who are wor­ried about their jobs be­cause of our need to de­crease our reliance on fos­sil fu­els need to have their voices heard. Af­ter that, we need to move to­ward in­vest­ment in jobs in the re­new­able en­ergy sec­tor.”

The Scot­tish Govern­ment is due to pub­lish a cli­mate plan at the end of this year, set­ting out their ac­tions to tackle cli­mate change.

And An­drea, who lives on Buchanan Drive, urged res­i­dents to have their say: “What we re­ally need is for peo­ple to get in­volved in the con­sul­ta­tion.

“We al­ready have rel­a­tively strong tar­gets, but MSPs need to give due at­ten­tion to meet­ing tar­gets.”

An­drea, who worked in ed­u­ca­tion with South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, got in­volved

Warm cli­mate An­drea Batch­e­lor found Clare Haughey MSP sym­pa­thetic to her point of view on a visit to the par­lia­ment

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