Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Gibson attends 'fun' climate change festival

News release
Immediate release


Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Rob Gibson joined the throng celebrating Eigg's first Giant's Footsteps Family Festival last weekend.

Mr Gibson also lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament congratulating the people of Eigg for holding the festival and wishing them every success in the final of the NESTA big green competition.

He said…

"The organisers claim that it provided 'the most fun you can have while combating Climate Change' was very true."

"Eigg's wind, hydro and solar power system shows how communities large and small can shape their own carbon footprint. A small island has set the pace and deserves to win the NESTA prize."

"Among the many delights of an eco friendly weekend was the children's play by EcoDrama. The off the wall eco fable had kids and adults alike in the village hall in stitches and tears of laughter. It should be shown round Scotland to inspire others to emulate the innovation on Eigg."

"I will be exploring ways to have a performance in the Scottish Parliament."


Note to editor
Copy of motion

S3M-04045 Rob Gibson (Highlands and Islands) (Scottish National Party): Salute Eigg— That the Parliament congratulates the people of Eigg on holding the first Eigg Giant’s Footstep Family Festival on 2 and 3 May 2009, which will focus on the island’s renewable electricity scheme that powers most of the island’s homes and businesses; notes that the festival will include talks, workshops, music and theatre as well as a host of experts to provide advice and answer questions on what individuals and communities can do to tackle climate change; recognises the gigantic strides that the islanders of Eigg have made and are continuing to make since taking control of their island in 1997, and wishes every success to the island's bid, as Scotland’s only finalist, to win the UK-wide NESTA Big Green Challenge competition.

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