Film celebrates the green potential of communities

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​Friends of the Earth Scotland film shows how communities can think globally but act locally

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25th September 2014 by Graham Martin 0 Comments

Friends of the Earth Scotland (FOES) has produced a new film documenting some of the best examples of community owned and operated renewables from across Scotland.

The film will be launched as part of a European event with local government associations and energy agencies examining the potential for roll-out of community energy across the country.

This event takes place during UK Community Energy Fortnight which provides an opportunity for the public to explore and celebrate how communities are generating, owning and saving energy.

FOES community power campaigner Anne Schiffer said “Community groups across Scotland are leading the way in moving from dirty fossil fuels to harnessing our vast renewable energy potential. This film shows how ordinary people have made this journey, celebrates local success stories and will hopefully inspire others to start their own project.”

“Community energy has the power to transform people’s relationships with energy from passive consumers to active, successful producers. Community energy puts people at the heart of a just transition to renewable energy.

“This week we have seen global leaders yet again fail to deliver the commitments needed to avert dangerous climate change but this film shows Scottish citizens taking matters into their own hands and reaping the benefits of choosing a clean energy future."

The production of the film was supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said; “I am delighted that players of People’s Postcode Lottery have supported the Community Power project. The films produced ensure a clear understanding of the benefits of this project and the positive impact it will have for future generations.”

Schiffer added: “Community energy increases support for renewables and gives power back to the people by reducing their reliance on the big energy companies and allowing them to share in the benefits of generation.”