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Eco Emergency event to be hosted in Inverurie thanks to Garioch Women for Change

By David Porter

The focus on the effects of climate change sees attention turned to the north-east next month.

Eco Emergency
Eco Emergency

Local group Garioch Women for Change are set to host the Eco Emergency Event on Saturday, March 7 in Inevrurie Town Hall.

The group's Rosalind Cheyne said: “Our Eco Emergency Event, sponsored by the National Lottery Community Fund will feature a range of seminars on Sustainable Transport and Mobility, Biodiversity, Wellbeing, Economy, Agroecology, A Citizens Agricultural Policy, Marine Conservation, Sustainable Energy and Housing.

“We aim to inform and raise awareness of issues impacting on the environment.

“We have also organised a schools competition for two age groups, primary and secondary, around the theme 'imagining a Greener Future’.

“The primary children are invited to make bunting; the secondary pupils will record a short video of an original song or piece of poetry.

“These will be shown on a large screen at the event in Inverurie Town Hall,on a loop along with other environmental videos.

“The prizes will be awarded in memory of a group member, ex-teacher Joanna Black, who recently passed away and the prizes will encourage children to take responsibility for caring for the environment.”

Many local environmental groups have already booked stands in the main hall displaying / giving information about their work and how to volunteer for projects and will be joined on the day for an extensive range of seminars being held at the event.

Amongst the speakers is Malcolm Reavell co-founder of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) Scotland who has been actively promoting and educating people about the reality of monetary sovereignty and macroeconomics.

Malcolm Reavell
Malcolm Reavell

He will give a description of how a country’s economy really works.

The household budget analogy of orthodox economics is not fit for purpose in a fiat money world.

As Malcolm explains, MMT is an evidence and statistical based approach, providing a lens with which to view and understand how a country’s monetary system really works.

How can progressive policies like a job guarantee or a green new deal become reality when the first question that is always: “how will you pay for it?”.

Joining the line up is Jane Morrison a biology graduate from Aberdeen University who works in environmental protection as well as being a Trustee for the Wellbeing Alliance Scotland.

Jane Morrison
Jane Morrison

Having taken part in the very first Young Women Lead Programme forming the first all-female parliamentary committee made up of women under 30, this lead her to contribute to environmental justice policy with the UN Human Rights Youth Council in Geneva.

She will discuss the notion of a Wellbeing Economy: what is a wellbeing economy and how can it help us take action on the climate emergency?

Currently involved with a project in the rural economy in Scotland which originated from her first hand experiences, also speaking is Jenny Milne who is now focused on a trial for Mobility-as-a-Service.

As a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport she recently chaired a debate about how to fix door-to-door transport provision through a new movement called Mobility as a Service .

Other speakers include Craig Dalzeil on The Green New Deal and Our Common Home, Dr Cait Murray-Green on Battling Food and Plastic Waste with a Singular Circular Solution and Rebecca Knowles on Food choice, Farming and Climate Change: A Scottish Conundrum.

The event takes place from 10am till 4pm,and entry is free and all are welcomed.

Those who chose to register for the event via gariochwomenforchange@outlook.com will be sent a copy of the seminar list.

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