Green activists sought from hard-to-reach groups

Anita Pati

The Big Lottery Fund is paying for people from poor and black and minority ethnic backgrounds to train as environmental activists.

Community action group Capacity Global is recruiting for the course, which is being run with Friends of the Earth Scotland.

Thirty-two activists from hard-to-reach communities are being sought to learn "tactics for environmental campaigning".

The organisations will share £151,000 to run the distance-learning, two-year course. "This is unique," said Maria Adebowale, director of Capacity Global.

"Activists will work with community groups on environmental projects, which can be campaigns to try to get rid of something like a dirty factory or create a new garden for children to play in."

Capacity Global is using "snowballing tactics" to spread word of the course, which starts in June, at a grass-roots level by visiting doctors' surgeries, women and baby clubs and community centres.

The University of Edinburgh set up the scheme to reach rural communities.

The course is accredited and will count as the first year of a degree.

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