At noon on Saturday September 24th, hundreds of people will be on the move from City Chambers down the Royal Mile to Holyrood - marching, cycling and skating to call for a move beyond fossil fuels and unsustainable biomass.
Participants will join hundreds of thousands of people in communities around the world as part of 'Moving Planet', the Global Day of Climate Action coordinated by the international NGO, 350.org, to urge world leaders to make real moves forward in tackling the climate crisis. For too long, our leaders have denied and delayed, compromised and caved. That era must come to an end: it's time to get moving on the climate crisis. And in November we need the World Climate Summit in Durban, South Africa, to make a significant move in the right direction.
Around the world, from Mumbai to New York, from Sao Paulo to Cairo, people will hold demonstrations to focus attention on the number 350 parts per million (ppm) - the number that scientists have insisted in recent years is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
350.org is all about connecting the global to the local, and in Scotland we have another climate problem - the risk of replacing fossil fuels with unsustainable biomass, such as Forth Energy's proposals for four biomass plants at Leith Docks, Grangemouth, Dundee, and Rosyth. Globally, the rush to biomass is emerging as a major cause of land-grabbing and deforestation leading to flooding risks, evictions of indigenous people, human rights abuses, and threats to wildlife habitats and fragile ecosystems.
Dr Keith Baker of Edinburgh 350 said: "In Scotland and around the world we need sustainable solutions to climate change. That means moving away from coal, oil and gas, but also from large scale biomass. Deforestation is the second largest contributing factor to climate change, and these plants will add to a global demand for biomass which cannot be met from sustainable sources".
The parade will conclude with a rally at Holyrood. Speakers will include Marco Biagi MSP (SNP), Malcolm Chisholm MSP (Lab), and Alison Johnstone MSP (Green), Keith Baker (Edinburgh 350), Justin Kenrick (Transition Edinburgh), & Mark Haldane (Grangemouth anti-biomass campaign group).
The event is supported by Biofuelwatch, the No to Leith Biomass Campaign, and Friends of the Earth Scotland.
Images of the events from around the world, including the rally in Edinburgh, will be accessible at www.moving-planet.organd http://www.flickr.com/photos/350org/sets/72157622455212282/ as part of an online photostream. Photos taken by the organisers of the Edinburgh event will be available on request and posted at: https://picasaweb.google.com/112944372530461433241/MovingPlanetEdinburgh350?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCM-ehf6L1MXoJg&feat=directlink
NOTES TO EDITOR
(1) Details of the Edinburgh event:
The Edinburgh event will commence with a parade leaving from City Chambers on the Royal Mile at 12:00, followed by a rally outside the Scottish Parliament at 12:30.
Photo opportunities: The Royal Mile, viewing gallery at the Scottish Parliament, and in the courtyard outside.
Media contact for interviews etc: Dr. Keith Baker & Cindy Courtillier – 07884 125540 -firstname.lastname@example.org
Founded by author and environmentalist Bill McKibben, 350.orgis the first large-scale grassroots global campaign against climate change. Its supporters include leading scientists, the governments of 112 countries, and a huge variety of environmental, health, development and religious NGOs. All agree that current atmospheric levels of CO2—390 parts per million—are causing damage to the planet and to its most vulnerable people, and that government action at the Copenhagen climate conference is required to bring the earth’s carbon level swiftly down to 350 ppm.
Event details at: www.moving-planet.org/events/uk/edinburgh/311
No Leith Biomass: www.noleithbiomass.org.uk/
Friends of the Earth Scotland: www.foe-scotland.org.uk/