23/03/2013

Earth Hour

As Labour's Environment spokesperson in Dundee I am very happy to support Earth Hour tonight.  It is important that each and everyone of us does what we can to protect the earth and combat climate change.

Switching my lights off tonight for an hour will not stop climate change by itself but it sends out a signal that I think that something needs to be done.  I would urge people to show their support for this event this evening.  In Scotland we are consuming three times our fair share of the planet's natural resources.  Our reliance on high carbon fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas is over-heating the atmosphere and affecting the climate.

The future of our planet relies on everyone moving away from fossil fuels and onto clean green renewable energy which works with the awesome power of nature not against it.
The picture shows me supporting Earth Hour in 2011

Teach Global Ambassadors Launch

At the One World Centre with my colleagues Jenny Marra MSP and Cllr Laurie Bidwell
Along with some of my colleagues I attended the launch of the Teach Global Ambassadors project at the One World Centre in Dundee.  It was really good to hear more about this project which will develop global citizenship through education.  In these difficult economic times it is more important than ever to promote global solidarity.  The people of Dundee are generally really supportive of helping the developing world and showing solidarity. 

The One World Centre does a great job in the city and I will be looking for ways in which it can receive more support for a variety of organisations in the city.