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Highland councillors encouraged to think greener

By Louise Glen

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Morgan Cowley.
Morgan Cowley.

A trio of leading Highland councillors have been sent a copy of a practical manual on how to establish good green policies in Inverness.

The book, Our Common Home, was given to city Provost Helen Carmichael and councillors Trish Robertson (chairwoman of the climate change working group) and Allan Henderson (chairman of the economy and infrastructure committee) in a bid to influence the way the council does things.

Morgan Cowley, who is a member of the Common Weal group which meets regularly to discuss and take action to find a greener path, hoped the gifts would make a difference.

“The Highland Council claim a green recovery will help it to meet its climate change commitments, but as to how exactly they will do that with so little time and while our economy is in crisis might be causing them concern,” Mr Cowley said.

“For example, how will they boost local food production or how will they move from mandating car-dependent, fossil fuel-burning housing developments?

“How will they ensure we get all the renewable energy we need to totally green-up our transport?

“Equalities campaign group Common Weal thinks they know how, and it’s all in the our book.”

Mr Cowley plans to send it to more councillors.

“What is so positive about this book is that it’s not just aspirational but practical,” he added.

“We think that with its help, the council’s green recovery can start right now.”

Earlier this month, the council recognised the pressing need to build on positive behaviour changes and emissions reductions arising from the Covid-19 lockdown to accelerate the region’s shift to a net-zero carbon future.

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