Another day, another petition. But does signing your name on a good cause make a difference? Well, it can work sometimes (we’re remembering Glasgow’s recent George Square campaign and the impact of last year’s rapid social media support to Stop the Arts Tax). So we took note when an email arrived from Change.org with four causes well worth supporting: two in Glasgow, one in Edinburgh and one in St Andrews.
Save Our Stones – signs are that Glasgow Council recognise the value of Sighthill Park and its ‘mini-Stonehenge’ stone circle, according to Gerry Braiden of The Herald. If the council were planning to clear the site to make way for the 2018 Youth Olympics bid, they are having second thoughts. But the campaign is taking no chances and Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite has gathered strong support from music and arts worlds – not least because his dad helped construct the monument in 1979. The petition is here.
The Children’s Wood – petitioning Alex Salmond in person, to stop Glasgow City Council building on the well loved Children’s Wood on North Kelvin Meadow in the North Kelvinside/Maryhill area of Glasgow: “the last wild open space for adventurous free play in the area”. The petition is here.
School of Scottish Studies Campaign/Iomairt Sgoil Eòlais na h-Alba– Campaigning to safeguard the future of School of Scottish Studies archives, libraries and on-going teaching & research under threat from Edinburgh Uni plans. “Students and Academics at Edinburgh University are greatly concerned by proposals to carve up the School of Scottish Studies, an internationally respected beacon for Scotland’s culture, by separating the world famous archive collection from its associated libraries and from ongoing teaching and research.” The petition is here.
Change.org point out, “These campaigns have been started by people like you who want to make change happen in their local area.”