Observing Scotland’s Climate Assembly

Observing Scotland’s Climate Assembly How should Scotland change to tackle the climate emergency in an effective and fair way? A report by Pauline Robinson On the Weekend of 12th and 13th December I had the opportunity to be an observer at the second weekend of Scotland’s Climate Assembly. The assembly process has brought together a …

Book review – From a Mountain in Tibet

From a mountain in Tibet by Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche  Book Review by Alice Maxwell Many Arran folk will have come across the charismatic Lama Yeshe, the managing director of Holy Isle. He is perhaps best known for his good humour and positivity, and for his conviction that happiness only comes through serving others. As …

Build small, think big

With the recent news from Arran Community Renewables of Arran’s first community owned renewable energy project, Phillip O’Sullivan looks at the role of community energy groups in disrupting the energy status quo and the benefits they can bring to local areas. Featured image shows the Westmill Solar Cooperative in Oxfordshire. First published in Red Pepper, …

Extraordinary discovery in the South Arran MPA

COAST is finishing 2020 on a high as they reveal an extraordinary discovery made recently in the South Arran Marine Protected Area. Featured image shows a flame shell. Credit: Paul Kay. Community research divers have discovered an extensive flame shell living reef in our seas – estimated to cover in excess of 10,000 sq.m (that’s about …

What Can I Do?

What Can I Do? By Sally Campbell When I was young, I thought activism was a sprint, And I worked around the clock, hoping for quick change. When I was older, I learned activism is a marathon, and I learned to pace myself. At eighty-two , I realize it is neither sprint nor marathon; it …

Members’ Debate on Establishing More No Take Zones

A report from local MSP Kenneth Gibson On 15 December, I was privileged to lead a parliamentary debate on the success of ‘No Take’ Zones (NTZ) and how they protect Scotland’s precious marine life. This was my second Member’s debate since the chamber reopened in September. On 08 September my debate on Foetal Alcohol Spectrum …

Bikes Vs Cars

A blog by Andrew Binnie, Cycling and eBike Coordinator at Eco Savvy, posted on 18th December on the Eco Savvy website Last week a mixed bunch of 56 cyclists and car drivers from Arran and Glasgow watched Bikes vs Cars (2015) directed by Fredrik Gertten on Vimeo. The film was jointly hosted by Arran Eco …

Antoinette

A tale by John Harvey, former Arran resident and writer now living in Aberdeen. The following story was originally written for a collection of readings for the Lemon Tree writers’ group (Aberdeen) under the general heading of “My brush with celebrity”. John has kindly sent it in to share with Voice readers, and hopefully there …

Happy New Year from arransound.com

Everyone at arransound.com hope that all you lovely ‘Voice’ listeners have had a peaceful and joyous Christmas and are now enjoying a Happy New year in 2021. Let us all look forward to a very healthy and safe year ahead when we all defeat this nasty Covid-19 virus and can sing together, hug each other …

Peace in 2021

An exciting New Year for Peace and Disarmament – A message from the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament We are looking forward to a truly momentous 2021. This is the year that sees the Nuclear Ban become a reality, with the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on 22 …