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 …

Research shows public support for putting nature at the heart of recovery plans

New research by the RSPB shows there is huge public support for putting nature at the heart of Coronavirus recovery plans. In this post, Emma Marsh, director of RSPB, reports that increasing access to nature and natural greenspace is essential to building a more equitable and environmentally resilient society. Published first at Wildlife and Countryside …

Learning the language of nature

By Timothy Seekings, originally published in the The Ecologist online, 25th June 2020 Art, spirituality and epidemiology do not often intersect. But when they do, it’s worth taking a closer look, especially when the emerging perspective can help us respond to epidemics such as Covid-19 in a more constructive manner. The current global health crisis …

Some Environmental news

Here is a report from marine scientist and Lamlash resident Sally Campbell, with some recent news on various environmental issues… COP26: a new date is set for Glasgow November 2021, delayed from November 2020. For the first time, the UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) at the Scottish …

Arran Energy Challenge Year Two Round Up

Sustainable Island Life 2019/2020 2019/2020 has marked a significant year for Arran residents’ improving their home energy efficiency. This roundup will outline the successes of the past year and how they contributed towards reducing the carbon emissions from domestic properties on the island. This is the main aim of the energy strand, which is funded …

A new strategy to protect Scotland’s environment

This article was originally published by Scottish Environment on 25th February 2020. Feature image: Suilven, image credit Sandra Graham. Scotland’s leading environment charities have welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement today of a vision and outcomes for an environment strategy, applauding the government’s commitment to restore nature and end Scotland’s contribution to climate change. They have …