The History of Earth Day

Each year, Earth Day—April 22—marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Setting the stage for the first earth day The height of counterculture in the United States, 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album, and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” War raged in …

Extinction Rebellion ‘Begins at Home’

By Catherine Early Climate change campaigners are gearing up for action on an international day of protest on 15th April by encouraging activists to hold talks in their homes. Small venues are just as good as big for educating and enlisting new members, according to Extinction Rebellion (XR). Ahead of a planned international day of …

Arran, the Solar Island

A Report from Eco Savvy Sunlight is free, and many Arran households are implementing solar PV to capture this free resource, cut electricity costs and minimise fossil fuel dependence to benefit our environment. Eco Savvy is excited to report that out of the 25 households we are helping along in Solar PV projects, 4 installs …

Tonic of the Wilderness

Psychoterratica is the trauma caused by distance from nature By Ephrat Livni, published on the news website Quartz.com on February 24, 2019 You’ve got problems. Perhaps more than you know. Apart from all the usual woes—work, relationships, money, time—the civilized life may also be causing you psychological trauma. Disconnection from nature can be bad for …

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 …

How to make your own wax cloths

Contributed by Antonia Murphy, visitor to Arran, writer, and psychotherapist. Here’s a helpful and ecologically sound tip for all those left overs lurking in your fridge after the Christmas festivities. Instead of using cling film – notoriously non bio degradable – why not try this simple, wipe clean alternative. Simply cut up any old clean …

Rewilding is essential to the UK’s commitments on climate change

By Mark Maslin, Professor of Earth System Science, UCL, writing for the online publication The Conversation on 30th November. Humans have cut down half the trees on Earth since the dawn of agriculture – over 3 trillion of them. This huge loss holds the potential for massive reforestation today, which would protect local environments from …

‘What planet are these people on?’

SCOTTISH GREEN MSP Andy Wightman slams forecasts for north sea oil extraction until 2050, his comments in contradiction to SNP which welcomed the new report, reports Ben Wray for Common Space at the end of last month. Wightman has criticised a new report forecasting increased oil & gas extraction from the north sea up until 2050, after …

A report from the Scottish Green Party conference

Ben Wray reports on the Green Party conference last month, which was held on 20-21st October at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. First published online at Common Space. THE Scottish Greens conference began with a call for a socialist transformation to create an economy “that puts people and planet ahead of profit”. Maggie Chapman, …

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 …