Utopianism inspires change

By Heather Alberro Climate breakdown, mass extinctions, and extreme inequality threaten the earth’s rich tapestry of life and leave our own fate increasingly uncertain. At a time of such social, political and ecological upheaval, it’s natural to dream of a utopian world in which these problems are no more – in fact, people have been …

Protecting Our Children from Online Pornography – a report from Patricia Gibson

North Ayrshire and Arran MP Patricia Gibson reports on another delay in Parliament to a law which is aimed to protect children from accessing pornography. Amongst the hubbub of the contest to become Prime Minister, it was no surprise to find new evidence of UK Government incompetence. The implementation of proposals first considered two failed …

Celebrating Scottish Opera

Here local MSP Kenneth Gibson reports on the support the Scottish government provides for the performing arts in Scotland, in particular the Scottish Opera company who regularly bring performances to Arran in their national tours. Every year, Scottish Opera runs their famous Opera Highlights tour around Scotland to bring a musical mix of operatic gems …

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 …

Saving the lives of mothers and babies

In this article North Ayrshire and Arran MP Patricia Gibson, reports on a debate she led at Westminster on an issue very close to her, concerning the dangerous condition in pregnancy known as pre-eclampsia. Every year, around 40,000 women globally die from complications in pregnancy because of a devastating condition called pre-eclampsia, a condition characterized …

20p for a Clean Planet – Scotland Leads the way with the Circular Economy

Published in online paper Bella Caledonia 09.05.19 The environmental movement is racking up victories as consciousness breaks through and policy catches up. Environmental campaigners today welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement of the scope of Scotland’s deposit return system, which will be the first country in the UK to introduce such a scheme. Ministers have confirmed …

Action on Littering and Packaging

Kenneth Gibson, Arran’s local MSP, discusses the problem of litter and sets out some of the actions being taken by the Scottish government under the National Litter Strategy. The recent announcement of the introduction of a deposit return scheme (see also the article in this issue ’20 p for a clean climate’), will also reduce …

Investing in Arran’s Mountain Biking Success

Arran’s MSP Kenneth Gibson reports on the recent further investment in mountain biking by the Scottish government. He points to how this will help expand the island’s established biking trails, support more adventure tourism, and benefit the local thriving mountain biking community. Arran is already home to an enviable network of mountain bike trails. These …