Working Towards a Greener, Cleaner Future

A call from local MP Patricia Gibson for the UK government to work more closely with Holyrood to achieve the aims set out in the Climate Change Bill, which was recently voted on by the Scottish Parliament. There is an increasing need for global action to tackle climate change and more and more people now …

The sanctity of growth is blocking our future

Richard Lane from Extinction Rebellion Glasgow says that if the economic bottom line continues to be growth, climate action will not get close to tackling the extent of the ecological crisis we face. There can’t be anyone now who doesn’t appreciate that we’re living in a period of ecological emergency. Extinction Rebellion and the Youth …

To end the reign of the climate delayer we need to re-write our contract with nature

Scott Leatham, political ecologist, researcher and campaigner, says that natural solutions must be part of any credible strategy to address climate breakdown. Published in CommonSpace 29.04.19. As messages on climate breakdown and biodiversity loss dominate the airwaves, the emergence of a new form of denialism stalks the policy landscape: the delayer. We don’t need to …

You can’t forget what you don’t know

Why we need to talk about the links between colonialism and climate change in the context of Highland land reform. Mairi MacFadyen writing in Bella Caledonia 21.04.19 I visited Timespan in Helmsdale recently. The gallery is exhibiting a display called ‘No Colour Bar: Highland Remix: Clearances to Colonialism’ which aims to reconcile the local history …

Tackling Climate Change at Home and Overseas

A report from Kenneth Gibson, MSP for Cunninghame North. Communities across Scotland, including on Arran, will soon benefit from new support from the SNP Government to tackle climate change and embrace the transition to a carbon-neutral society. The SNP Government’s Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) provides support and grants for community-led organisations tackling climate change by …

How to Live Sustainably on the Isle of Arran in 2019

By Simon Ross-Gill Simon Ross-Gill is a graphic designer who grew up on Arran and spent seven years living in Peru. He has worked for Woodside Arran, helped COAST set up the Octopus Centre, volunteered at Eco Savvy’s Whiting Bay shop, has been on the Think About Plastic steering committee and has volunteered at a …

Climate School Strikes Go Global

A global, independent youth movement is gaining momentum – with a UK strike planned for February A report from Campaign Against Climate Change, and news from young Scottish climate activist and conservationist Holly Gillibrand.  .A UK wide student strike has been called on Friday 15th February 2019 to protest against climate inaction, with a global …

Extinction Rebellion – a Report from Carmarthenshire

By Sue Weaver Rebellion in the face of Climate Emergency was declared on 31st October 2018 in Parliament Square, by speakers including George Monbiot, Greta Thunberg and Molly Scott Cato MEP. Two open letters of support were published in the following days, each signed by 100 prominent academics, scientists and public figures, amongst them Rowan …

What a Simple Psychological Test Reveals About Climate Change

If everyone’s success depended on it, would you share—or be selfish? By Dylan Selterman, writing in the National Geographic Magazine, June 2018 I TEACH UNDERGRADUATE psychology courses at the University of Maryland, and my classes draw students with diverse interests. But every one of them perks up when I pose this question: Do you want …

Antarctica Ocean Sanctuary – ‘Not this year’

A report from Sally Campbell on the latest developments concerning the Antartica Ocean Sanctuary A plan to turn a huge tract of pristine Antarctic ocean into the world’s biggest sanctuary has been rejected, throwing the future of one of the Earth’s most important ecosystems into doubt. The 1.8m sq km reserve – five times the …