Scotland's 32 local Councils are responsible for planning, waste management, transport and active travel and other important services with a direct impact on our everyday environment. Councils can also deliver other services, such as schools, social work and recreation, in an environmentally friendly way - or not.
Ahead of the May 2012 local elections, the political parties are busy drafting manifestos for the campaign. These are incredibly important because they let voters see what a party's view is on issues like the environment. They outline priorities that political parties will take forward if elected and offer a unique chance for voters to hold politicians to account.
Please help us by contacting the parties' local government spokespeople today to ask them to make sure the environment is at the heart of their manifestos for the 2012 elections.
We've got the Scottish Government to change its budget plans. On February 9th 2012, it announced an extra £13m of funding for cycling and walking over the next three years.
This shows that people power works. We did 80s stunts, sent postcards, joined hundreds of cyclists in a protest and sent emails to MSPs. The Government couldn't ignore the message they heard from people calling for more funding for cycling and walking. However the Government is also throwing money into its road building programme. At this rate it still won't meet its own climate change targets.
Local councils also influence how much money goes into things like active travel. Email the parties' local government spokespeople now to make sure the environment is at the top of their agenda in the local elections in May 2012.To take action please CLICK HERE
For more information about Scottish Environment LINK please CLICK HERE.