Scottish Government urged to double funding for energy efficient homes to meet climate targets

By Caitlin Logan, originally published in online news forum Common Space, 24th October 2019. A NEW analysis published last week (24th October) recommends that the Scottish Government invest half a billion pounds per year in renewable heating and home energy efficiency to meet its emissions targets. The report, ‘Delivering on net zero: next steps for …

The Big Climate Conversation

By Ruth McLaren, project coordinator at Eco Savvy, with some additional notes from one of the participants Elsa Rodeck. For Ruth’s full report go to the full write up. On Thursday 19th September Eco Savvy held a Big Climate Conversation in Brodick. This event was held on behalf of the Scottish Government in order to …

Doom and Dharma

By Alistair McIntosh published in The Ecologist, 22nd July 2019 If we are to build a regenerative culture, ours is not to only jump at deadlines; we must cast out lifelines. I often feel challenged when asked to speak at climate change gatherings. Especially so, at events like the five-day Rebel Camp that Extinction Rebellion …

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 …