Taking local action for global change

The Burgh Halls in Linlithgow
The Burgh Halls in Linlithgow

Community groups are joining forces to tackle climate change at a local level and they hope to spread their message far and wide.

Although effects of global warming may seem far off, the groups behind two workshops hope to engage the public and say many people are being affected right now.

Ian Fowell, chair of Linlithgow Fairtrade Partnership, is urging people to do their bit for the environment. He said: “We all need to learn how our actions here in Linlithgow can have an impact on people in other parts of the world.

“We must ensure it’s for better and not for worse.”

The two events have been planned to highlight the impact climate change is having on people across the world, with a focus on smallholder farming and the realities of climate change.

The first event, Climate Change - Fair Trade and Foul Weather, has been put together by Linlithgow Fairtrade Partnership, the Linlithgow Christian Aid Group and Transition Linlithgow. It will explore the ways in which smallholders are being affected and takes place at Linlithgow Burgh Halls on Thursday, November 12, at 7.30pm.

Smallholder farmers are particularly at risk of being affected by climate change because many live hand to mouth and are at the mercy of weather emergencies.

Climate Reality, the second planned event, features guest speaker Jess Pepper who will talk about how climate change is affecting all of us and what we can do to try to stop it.

These two events are being held in the run-up to the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference which takes place in Paris in December.

Sophie Tolley, community engagement officer for the Scottish Fair Trade Forum, said: “We’re really glad to be running a workshop in Linlithgow so as many people as possible can come to it.

“We want to give people the knowledge and tools to make a global difference with their actions in Scotland.”

For more information about these events email 
linlithgowfairtrade@hotmail.co.uk or alan@transition