Why don’t we take climate change seriously? Racism is the answer

By Sulaiman Ilyas-Jarrett, first published in Open Democracy on 1st July 2020 Featured image shows Climate activist Oladosu Adenike organising with schoolchildren in Abuja, Nigeria, 2019, Photo copyright to: Oladosu Adenike We have known about climate change for decades. As early as 1992 the threat was sufficiently obvious, and the science sufficiently clear, to justify …

Trust in the Balance

Trust in the Balance A firm belief in the reliability, truth, or ability of someone or something. ‘relations have to be built on trust’ Over the past months in lockdown Arran resident islanders have grown in their trust of their relationships in our community. At least that is what it feels like: Everyone has helped, …

Britain needs a National Nature Service to power a green recovery

By Ben Goldsmith, originally published in Reaction, 7th July 2020 The most effective back-to-work peacetime programme ever conceived was America’s 1930’s Civilian Conservation Corps which put three million young people back in employment. They planted three billion trees, established seven hundred new national parks, installed flood protection across a continent, and more. The Corps was …

Eco learning with Eco Savvy

Eco Savvy are in the process of expanding access to eco learning by developing short modules and worksheets http://arranecosavvy.org.uk/eco-learning/  for children and young people to do at home. The aim is to provide a tool for learning about issues that affect the environment and to help start conversations on a range of topics around climate …

A podcast and other news from COAST

We catch up with a few of the things that have been going on at COAST over the summer… Earlier last month, The Ferret published a podcast on the recent bottom towed fishing impact off Brodick Bay, and the need for real protection of our wider inshore waters. Featuring Russ Cheshire of COAST, Nick Underdown …

Heritage, Slavery and the NTS

By Malcolm Kerr Like many ‘visitor attractions’ Brodick Castle is closed to the public at present. It was also closed for extensive renovations in the 2017 and 2018 summer seasons. Out of curiosity, and rather reluctantly, I took the opportunity last year to make a rare visit inside the building to see what had changed. …