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Food and Environment Candidate Cafe
Thu, April 21, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM BST
The Scottish Parliamentary election in May 2016 are a chance to find out what political parties will do to improve the Scotland we all live in and how they will do it. Therefore what could be closer to home than the food we grow and eat and our natural and built environment?
This is your chance to ask your questions to Holyrood candidates in an informal surrounding hosted by Nourish Scotland, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Scotland and Friends of the Earth Glasgow Group.
We have invited all the parties currently represented at Holyrood to send a speaker – who must be a candidate for any Glasgow seat or for the Glasgow List. Speakers confirmed so far are:
Graham Hutchison - Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party - candidate for Glasgow Southside and Glasgow regional list.
Patrick Harvie MSP - Scottish Green Party - candidate for Glasgow regional list
James Adams - Scottish Labour Party - candidate for Glasgow regional list
Carole Ford - Scottish Liberal Democrats - candidate for Glasgow Kelvin
Charandeep Singh - Scottish National Party - candidates for Glasgow regional list
Candidates will be introduced by a chair and invited to give short talks from the platform followed by the candidate cafe format where candidates will rotate amongst tables at timed intervals, encouraging more informal but direct conversations between members of the public and candidates. The political candidates will not be debating their respective policy position with each other.
The May 2016 elections will be the first in which our 16 and 17 years olds will have the opportunity to participate in Parliamentary elections and to celebrate youth engagement, this candidate cafe will have a few special features.
To explain why food and the environment are important to young people, we’re delighted to have a Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament with us, to give a few words alongside the candidates. The Scottish Youth Parliament is a non-party-political organisation.
Youth engagement doesn’t just start at 16 years old. RSPB Giving Nature a Home project has been working with schools across Glasgow and Edinburgh to become ambassadors for priority species on their doorstep. In Glasgow pupils have become ambassadors for priority species like the house sparrow and have been carrying out survey and practical conservation work as well as fundraising to create and enhance in their local green spaces. We’re delighted to have pupils representing their Ambassador Schools at this candidate cafe. They will kick things off by asking their candidates about what matters to them. (Find out more below)
Nourish Scotland, RSPB Scotland and Friends of the Earth Glasgow Group are non-party-political organisations. By registering to attend this event, participants agree to act with respect towards all candidates and fellow members of the public.
This venue is accessible but please let us know if you need additional requirements.
Tea and coffee will be provided, and there will be a stall where you can find out more information on the work that Nourish Scotland, RSPB Scotland and Friends of the Earth Glasgow Group do all year around.
More about RSPB Scotland Ambassador Schools
RSPB Giving Nature a Home project has been working with schools across Glasgow and Edinburgh to become ambassadors for priority species on their doorstep. In Glasgow pupils have become ambassadors for priority species like the house sparrow and have been carrying out survey and practical conservation work as well as fundraising to create and enhance in their local green spaces. Hillhead school turned a car into a garden for bees as well as creating dry stone biodiversity wall for solitary bees in the botanical gardens and St Andrews School designed its local space in Easterhouse for water voles.
Glasgow schools and their species:
Knightwood- Pipestrelle Bat
St Andrews Academy- Watervole
Cleveden Secondary- Toad
Rosshall Academy- Swift
Govan High- House Sparrow