MSPs join Extreme E to gear up for an electric weekend

MSPs join Extreme E to gear up for an electric weekend

As part of Message Matters’ work promoting off-road electric rally series Extreme E’s upcoming races in Scotland, we wanted to ensure that the nation’s politicians had a chance to learn about the work the organisation does to tell the story of the damage done by climate change, and to help fund solutions. 

The day’s plan was to put one of Extreme E’s Odyssey 21 cars somewhere near the Scottish parliament for MSPs to come out, chat and have a photo taken. 

Eloise, Murray and Doug at Dynamic Earth provided the perfect spot…

…and a few minutes after First Minister’s Questions ended inside Holyrood, the politicians started to arrive. 23 MSPs pitched up, including at least one from each party, and it was especially pleasing to host the Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero and Just Transition Mairi McAllan.

The net-zero championship’s next round, called the Hydro X Prix, is taking place in the former open-cast Glenmuckloch mine in Dumfries and Galloway. The venue was chosen because the former coal mine is about to undergo the next phase of its transformation into a Pumped Storage Hydropower (PSH) plant and wind farm.

Extreme E has also revealed its plans to support the restoration of the River Nith to ensure the preservation of wild Atlantic salmon numbers. Partnering with the Nith District Salmon Fishery Board, the aim is to reverse the impact of climate change through re-meandering watercourses, planting trees on riverbanks and installing 100 leaky dams to help slow the river flow and reduce erosion.