Poem for February

THE LOST WORDS BLESSING Enter the world with care, my love And speak the things you see Let new names take and root and thrive and grow And even as you travel far from heather, crag and river May you like the little fisher, set the stream alight with glitter May you enter now as …

London Plane Tree

By Brian Larkin Brian Larkin is a Coordinator for XR Peace, the coalition of peace groups that aims to address the links between war, militarism and the climate crisis. He was arrested blocking the entrance to BAE Systems, on the steps of the MOD and at the Supreme Court after police banned XR protests in …

From the Drake passage en route to Antarctica

Protecting the oceans and standing tall for our marine environment By Sally Campbell I received a shock last week when I read in the paper that I am considered a member of a terrorist organisation, because I support an environmental group, namely Greenpeace. How many of us on Arran support environmental organisations? Historically, the first …

The Birdman of Pollok

Birdman of Pollok: The man who inspired the original school strike And last chance to watch the documentary The Birdman of Pollok on BBC iPlayer! By Martin Hannan writing in The National, 28th December 2019 SCHOOL strikes to protest against damage to the environment are thought to be the inspirational idea of Greta Thunberg, the …

January’s Get Growing workshop

This event was hosted by the Arran Horticultural Society, with Eco Savvy, at the Arran Community Land Initiative. By Jess Wallace, sustainable food coordinator at Eco Savvy On Saturday the 4th of January the Arran Horticultural Society hosted a ‘Get Growing’ workshop organised in conjunction with Eco Savvy at the Arran Community Land Initiative. An …

An update on the Arran Salmon Farm Campaign

Here is an update on developments concerning the status of the north Arran Salmon Farm proposal in the application process with North Ayrshire Council. The North Ayrshire Planning Committee were due to meet in January to discuss the North Arran Salmon Farm proposal. However, this has been postponed until Wednesday 19th February at the earliest …

What is the citizens Climate Assembly UK?

A group of 110 British citizens have been tasked with creating new recommendations for tackling the climate crisis in the UK. It remains to be seen if the suggestions will be taken onboard. By Alex Lee, first published in Wired 28.01.20 as Will the UK’s Climate Assembly actually make any difference? Over the weekend of …

News on Eco Savvy’s Lift Share and Food Share projects

For local readers who haven’t heard about Eco Savvy’s new community lift share scheme yet read on to find out more, and also visit the lift share facebook page to start organising collective car journeys around the island and beyond…. Arran Community Lift Share In December Eco Savvy launched the Arran Lift Share, and last …