One of my favourite memories of Edinburgh is the sea of people dressed white on the Make Poverty History protest in 2005 marching through Edinburgh. It’s one of my favourite memories because it was about something positive – making the world a better place. Normally when we march we are trying to stop overseas wars or cuts to vital public services. On this occasion we marched with the hope of creating a better world.
That event inspired some people in Edinburgh to continue the focus on making the world a better place. Since then, they’ve organised the Edinburgh World Justice Festival to promote these issues.
This year’s festival has a whole range of events that will be of interest to anyone who wants to know how we can change the world.
Among the highlights for me will be the Forceswatch event on the 11th October. They’re looking at what can be done to stop military recruitment in schools. Councillor Maggie Chapman, who is a long-time advocate of ending military recruitment in Edinburgh’s schools will be speaking.
You can see the full programme here.