Heathrow as a Sign of Political Failure and Exercise in Mass Delusion

An article by Mike Small, writing in Bella Caledonia, on the recent vote by MPs in Westminster to expand Heathrow airport, a decision with enormous implications for the government’s commitment to cutting carbon emissions and for the This isn’t really about Boris, who we know is a liar and a hypocrite and a coward. This …

Perthshire Plastic Recycling Plant a Beacon of Hope

A recent report from the Zero Waste Scotland website, explaining the new technologies and methods utilised at one recycling plant in Perthshire and which may pave the way to resolving Scotland’s plastic recycling problems… Project Beacon is lighting the way to a circular world of complete plastics recycling thanks to new technologies and an innovative …

Launch of the Film “Shore” by Invisible Dust at the Screen Machine

Launch of the Film “Shore” by Invisible Dust – Free Screenings! On Friday, July 20, 2018 at 01:00 pm and Friday, July 27, 2018 at 04:00 pm Shore – an ambitious multi-arts and science project reflecting Scotland’s coastal communities’ responses to Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) – will launch in Brodick on the Isle of Arran …

Scottish CND Education

New lesson available for schools & training for volunteer speakers We are delighted to announce a new lesson for schools entitled “Survivors’ Stories”. This will run between end of August and end of October and will be available to secondary schools and other groups & organisations in Scotland. The talk will include video testimonies from …

Nae Nukes – the Singapore Summit puts Global Focus on Peace

Writing for Bella Caledonia on the eve of the historic summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un on 11th June in Singapore, Janet Fenton, SCND and ICAN peace activist and campaigner, considers the possibilities for global peace. While the summit was primarily focused on North Korea denuclearizing, the responsibility is upon all the nuclear …

Arran Coastal Rowing Club set a new World Record

On Saturday the 30th June, Arran Coastal Rowing Club rowed a relay around Arran in the St Ayles skiff Seabhag. Starting in Lamlash at 5:30am and returning just before 8:25pm, there were crew changes in Kildonan, Blackwaterfoot, Dougarie, Lochranza & Sannox. Twenty two club members took part with several rowing two stages. A total of …

Illicit Distilling on Arran

With news that the distillery at Lagg will be opening next spring, local historian Jim Henderson sent the Voice an historical account of the illicit distilling industry in Arran in the early 19th Century. The website for the new distillery says that the Parish of Kilmory and the surrounding area of the island was a …

Marine News

from John Kinsman of St Monans Coastwatch, Fife CALEDONIAN MACBRAYNE TO REDUCE ITS PLASTIC WASTE FURTHER A ferry operator is to stop using plastic cups, individual milk portions and sauce sachets to reduce the waste in produces. Caledonian MacBrayne announced earlier this year it was replacing plastic straws with paper ones on all its sailings. …

Open Seas: Stories from Scotland’s Seabed

The following article is Part One, from a recent blog series from Open Seas, a charitable organisation which campaigns for sustainable practices in Scottish seas and the marine environment. Scotland’s seas are packed full of amazing life – the basking sharks that migrate to our west coast each summer are the world’s second largest fish, the …