Big Tent Festival on 21st-22nd July
On 21st -22nd July one of the biggest environmental festivals in Scotland took place in Falkland Estate in the Kingdom of Fife. This year the Big Tent Festival attracted over 6,000 people. As well as music, arts and family activities a number of a wide range of debates and workshops on social and environmental issues took place over the weekend, which brought together leading thinkers from Scotland and beyond to consider what each of us could do in the face of climate change, green issues and other environmental challenges. The European Parliament hosted one of these debates. Scottish MEPs Catherine Stihler and George Lyon discussed if politicians are doing enough to protect Scotland's environment, and answered questions from the audience. Topics discussed ranged from the EU Emissions Trading Scheme to promoting biodiversity in Scotland and from to reform of the Common Agricultural Policy to the planning process for Scottish wind farms.