Claire to debate Greener Kirkcaldy in Parliament

Local organisation Greener Kirkcaldy will this week be debated in the Scottish Parliament as Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Claire Baker secured an opportunity to discuss the Fife based charity.

The charity helps locals take action to ensure environmental issues are being tackled both at home and in the wider community.

The organisation has ran initiatives such as Shine on Fife and Cosy Kirkcaldy with a consultation on plans for a community food hub currently running.

The debate led by Claire Baker will take place at 12.30 following First Ministers Questions on Thursday.

Claire Baker MSP who is also a member of Scottish Labour’s shadow cabinet on issue of the Environment said:

“Thursdays debate will be a great opportunity to recognise and support the work of Greener Kirkcaldy, it’s staff and its volunteers.

“The Parliament passed world leading Climate Change legislation and it is disappointing that Scotland has failed to meet the first two targets.

“Going forward it will be local organisations such as Greener Kirkcaldy that will play its part in helping us meeting our targets. It is only right then that we should promote their work in Parliament.

“It is also the perfect opportunity to highlight the hard work and dedication of the staff and volunteers that have helped make Greener Kirkcaldy a success.”

Senior Development Worker Lisa Farrell said:

“I’m really pleased that Greener Kirkcaldy will be discussed in Parliament.

“It’s great that our work and the work of similar groups is attracting this attention.

“I’m really looking forward to the debate on Thursday”

The motion that will be debate can be found below.

Recognising the Work of Greener Kirkcaldy 

That the Parliament congratulates Greener Kirkcaldy on what it considers its continued good work on taking action on environmental issues in the Kirkcaldy area; understands that the community-led charity gives advice and support to help people reduce fuel bills, grow and cook with seasonal local food and reduce waste as well as holding events for community groups and schools to encourage and involve them in improving their local environment; congratulates Greener Kirkcaldy on its involvement in such projects as Shine on Fife, Cosy Kirkcaldy and Orchard, a community orchard in Ravenscraig Walled Garden in Kirkcaldy; notes that the organisation recently held its annual gathering to discuss its achievements over the last year and look forward to its plans for 2014 and beyond, including its consultation on a community food hub; congratulates all the volunteers whose time and efforts contribute to making the charity such a success in the local community; notes the contribution made by its funding partners, including the Central Scotland Green Network, People’s Postcode Trust and the Climate Challenge Fund; wishes the organisation every success in the future, and looks forward to its continuing contribution to Kirkcaldy and the wider Fife community.