Greta Thunberg meets the Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama and Greta Thunberg Unite Against the Climate Crisis Last month two of the earth’s most ardent climate advocates, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Greta Thunberg, joined their voices together to discuss what we can do collectively to correct the impact of destructive climate feedback loops. On 9th January His Holiness the …

Greenwashing, Carbon Capture and Climate Change

GREENWASHING, CARBON CAPTURE, AND CLIMATE CHANGE What is our responsibility? By Sally Campbell So what is the Carbon Cycle? The secret to life on Earth ! This has been more or less in steady state in our world over the last 12,000 years since the last ice age, until we started to burn coal, a …

Mental health and support during times of Covid-19

Mental Health and Support if Contemplating Suicide By local MSP Kenneth Gibson Thankfully, we survived “Blue Monday.” The third Monday in January is reportedly the most depressing day of the year, and it’s easy to see why. The festive period feels long gone, but the nights are still dark and often wild. Many of us …

Emotional and psychological help available on Arran

Emotional and psychological help available on Arran No-one need feel alone whether with Covid anxiety, life issues or the deep pain of bereavement amid the confusion of pandemic. There are many of us working locally as therapists to bring support quickly. Statutory NHS services can find it difficult (especially now) to deliver mainland-based interventions and …

Ten tips for remaining cheerful

By Heather Regan-Addis published on 26th January 2021 on the Mindfulness Association’s website As this current lockdown progresses and the implications of the pandemic for our day to day life in the longer term become more apparent it is easy to become overwhelmed. As human beings we have a negativity bias which orients us to …

Nature Prescriptions

By Kirsty Nutt writing in November 2020 for the RSPB Scotland From Cornwall to Shetland conservation groups and GPs are partnering to “prescribe nature”. The government has committed funding to develop social prescribing, and since the end of last year, GPs at five practices in Edinburgh are now able to prescribe nature to patients as …

A new funeral celebrant on Arran

In the November edition of The Voice, Alice Maxwell wrote an article entitled “Thoughts On Becoming A Celebrant”.  Alice has since completed her training with Celebrant Training Scotland, which included writing an entire funeral service, story telling and public speaking. She is now available to create and deliver funeral services, which will have the wishes …

News from Eco Savvy

Despite the current lockdown the team at Eco Savvy are still keeping busy. They have just received four new eBikes for keyworkers on Arran and have organised a brilliant programme of online events for the coming weeks to help keep us connected with all things eco! eBike fleet expansion! 2021’s savvy travel quest has had …

Film screening of The Limit

‘The Limit’ is a film about restoring the threatened connections between people and the life in our sea. It explores the impacts of drastic declines in Scotland’s fish populations and the hidden damage to our seabed. How can we bring about an urgent and fair transition towards more sustainable fishing? You are invited to the …

Wildlife spotter’s guide to Goatfell

The National Trust for Scotland is creating a series of online guides for different areas they manage in Scotland, and the one included here is for some of the wildlife to look out for if you are lucky enough to be walking on Goatfell! The wildest and highest parts of Arran are also home to …