03 Nov 2009
November 3, 2009

FKUK: Local and Global

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Globe International

I’m a member of the UK board of Globe International. We’re essentially an international group of legislators who seek to ensure that our governments aim as high as possible on the green agenda.  Most recently, we met in Copenhagen in the run-up to COP15 where Prime Minister Rassmussen of Denmark stressed his determination to keep pressing ahead despite the scale of the challenge as reported elsewhere in the media.  Right wing blogs are often quoted as saying that global warming is nothing to do with us.

When I look around my constituency, Falkirk there are plenty of green shoots. There are lots of businesses and other organisations who see the business sense of helping improve the environment, and Im meeting more and more of them these days.  Here are three great small projects which aim to make a difference locally. I was privileged to open  Johnsons Cleaners GreenEarth Branch in Tesco Grahamestone Retail Park this week.  They have a new process which eschews the old chemicals and is proving really popular with customers.  Softexpand Miniframe computer has one of three new contracts given out in Scotland so far. Ross Mcphaden of Arm-it.co.uk local ICT support business is  hoping to put Falkirk  ahead in Scotland for responsible ecofriendly approach to office  and educational computing and is offering training to young people in the field too.  Then, as ever, there’s Falkirk’s branch of Friends of the Earth and the 10:10 campaign. I’ve signed up to this,  with the aim of cutting my carbon footprint by (at least) 10% during 2010.

I’m looking forward to supporting these practical green ideas and many more in my constituency now and in 2010.  If there’s anything you want to draw my attention to, I’d be only too pleased to help.