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 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 …

‘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 …

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 …

News from Eco Savvy

Eco Savvy’s Energy Challenge This year Arran Eco Savvy has an even larger project ahead of themselves and have hired 3 new employees to add to the team! The overall aim of the project is to reduce the carbon emissions of the island, by providing FREE domestic energy audits and advising locals on the best …