A Walk for Wildlife

On Saturday 22nd September thousands of people went to Hyde Park in London to join the People’s Walk for Wildlife to demonstrate support for action to reverse the collapse in nature going on all around us. Organised by Chris Packham and others, the event was held in order to highlight that not enough is being …

A March for Peace

On Saturday 22nd September, around thirty people from Arran’s CND group joined hundreds of demonstrators at the naval base on the Clyde, for the international anti-nuclear rally organised by Scottish CND.       A bus met us off the first boat in Ardrossan and drove first to Helensburgh and then onto the Peace Camp at …

Bogs are unique records of history – here’s why

First published in the online journal, The Conversation. Peat bogs, which cover 3% of the world’s land surface, are special places. While historically often considered as worthless morasses, today they are recognised as beautiful habitats providing environmental benefits from biodiversity to climate regulation. However, they are threatened by drainage, land reclamation for agriculture and peat …

Climate Week Scotland

Climate Week Scotland is from 1st to 5th October Climate Week is a national initiative designed to raise awareness and inspire action on climate change. There are lots of great ways to get involved and either host or attend an event. Organisations have run fantastic Climate Week events in past years. These include guided bike …

20 Polluters that will have to radically change if Scotland is going to meet its climate goals

By Mike Small, originally writing for the DeSmog UK website For the first time, Scotland has a carbon budget under the international climate agreement made in Paris in 2015. A new report by experts from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Manchester and Uppsala University in Sweden concludes that for …

Nae Pasaran! How Scottish workers grounded Pinochet’s airforce

As Holyrood honours the East Kilbride engineers who refused to work on the jet engines of the Chilean dictatorship, CommonSpace looks back at the story of how Scottish workers stood against Pinochet’s regime. Last month the Scottish Parliament heard a motion recognising the efforts of the East Kilbride engineers who in 1974 organised a boycott …

Charles Darwin and Kelp

SCOTTISH KELP and the proposal to industrially harvest up to 40,000 tonnes a year on the west coast When British naturalist Charles Darwin travelled to the Galapagos Islands in 1835, he was amazed at the sight of giant kelp forests ringing the islands. He believed that if those forests were destroyed, a significant number of …