Elections are taking place across Scotland on Thursday 4th May and this is our chance to put climate change at the heart of how we govern our local communities.
Councillors we elect in May will have the power to make decisions on public transport, green investment, community renewables, clean air and frack-free zones.
This guide will help you secure support from councillors for fossil free local government by asking your local candidates questions at election events, on social media, by email, or when they knock on your door.
There will be plenty of chances for you to put questions to the election hopefuls. Here are a few key questions you could ask to put our climate at the top of candidates' agendas:
On air pollution:
(If you live in a city) Will you actively call for the roll out of a Low Emission Zone, which bans the most polluting vehicles from polluted areas?
Do you support the calls by We Walk, We Cycle, We Vote campaign for 10% of local transport budgets to be spent on walking and cycling over the next council term?
Find out how much your council has invested in fossil fuels here.
Would you agree that investing [£X million] in fossil fuels undermines the Council’s wider effort to tackle climate change and promote sustainability?
Are you in favour of following the example of Councils in Waltham Forest and Southwark who have divested their pension fund from fossil fuels and put new money into projects that benefit the local community like social housing and renewable energy?
On community energy:
Will you help the Council to set community energy targets to help drive the development of local energy initiatives?
On fracking and new fossil fuels
Will you actively oppose the local development of new fossil fuels including shale gas and oil, and coalbed methane?