Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has welcomed news that a ‘Climate Conversation’ is set to be held in the region in September.
The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP had written to SNP Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham MSP after the initial dates announced for Climate Conversations across the country did not include a date in Dumfries and Galloway.
Mr Carson said this was disappointing given the key role rural communities and industries can play in tackling climate change, including in agriculture, as well as boosting public transport links across Dumfries and Galloway.
However, the schedule will now feature an event in Dumfries on 2 September, which is free and open to the public, with Mr Carson believing it can help to shape Government policy going forward.
Commenting, Finlay Carson MSP said: “This is extremely welcome news that the Scottish Government have now added a date in Dumfries to their Climate Conversation schedule.
“I was extremely disappointed earlier in the summer when the dates were announced that Dumfries and Galloway did not feature.
“Our rural communities can have a major role to play in helping to tackle climate change, particularly our agriculture industries, if they get the right support.
“The climate conversation can also discuss issues around boosting public transport links across Dumfries and Galloway, as well as ensuring a fit for purpose waste scheme is in place in communities.
“I welcome that the public and interested stakeholders can now take part in this discussion and help to shape Government policies as the Climate Change Bill continues to go through Parliament.
“Climate Change is one of the biggest issues facing our generation and we must all be involved in the discussions if we are to tackle it to the best of our ability.”