‘Not in our backyard – Not in their market garden’
Monday 20th February
The Methodist Church
Queen Street, Stirling FK8 1HL
The above meeting is being co-hosted by Stirling Methodist Church and Friends of the Earth – Stirling. The main speaker will be Dr. Julia Edwards, a church mission partner of the Methodist Church. She is working with the Pacific Council of Churches as a climate researcher. This is very much a hands on job as much of her work involves working with communities affected by adverse weather events. This includes working with communities in the planning for and assisting with the relocation of whole villages from coastal areas. Indeed in some cases abandoning whole very low lying islands and moving to a larger one. This can be quite a considerable distance away. These migrations are entirely due to global warming caused by the burning of fossil fuels in the industrial north.
After the talk there will be a question and answer session and an opportunity to discuss a response from this area and country to the urgent and increasing needs of the vulnerable people of the Pacific Islands and elsewhere in the world. The plight of these people depends very much on the planning decisions we make in the industrial countries and in Scotland that includes the decision that has to be made on ‘fracking’.
Also in the coming year there is the new Climate Change Bill being introduced in the Scottish Parliament. Will it be bold enough in its aspirations to again give a lead to other legislators elsewhere and encourage them to follow this country’s example.?
Along with these issues, there is also the need to increase our investments in the generation of renewable energy and other infrastructure projects that reduce the amounts of greenhouse gases that we push into the atmosphere.
We hope that you are able to attend this important meeting, and share with us your views on this growing global crisis and plans to attempt to minimise its adverse effects.
If you are unable to attend yourself please pass this invitation onto someone whom you think may be interested and could attend