Have you been called to join Scotland’s Climate Assembly?

Last month people across Scotland received invitations to join Scotland’s Climate Assembly Similar to jury service, this citizens assembly will bring 100 randomly-selected representative individuals together over several weekends to discuss one of the biggest challenges of our time; how Scotland should change to tackle the climate emergency in an effective and fair way. It …

Our Collective Responsibility

By Sally Campbell Sir David Attenborough in closing the Programme “Extinction: The Facts” said with heartfelt conviction: “I do truly believe that together we can create a better future. I might not be here to see it. If we make the right decisions at this critical moment, we can safeguard the planet’s ecosystems, its extraordinary …

Climate Change and Racial Injustice

In the following article, Ruth McLaren, Project Coordinator at Eco Savvy, writes about the online workshop on Black Lives and Climate Justice which was organised by Scottish Communities Climate Action Network last month: In May when the videos of George Floyd’s brutal murder started leaking out on social media, triggering global protests about racial injustice …

Why don’t we take climate change seriously? Racism is the answer

By Sulaiman Ilyas-Jarrett, first published in Open Democracy on 1st July 2020 Featured image shows Climate activist Oladosu Adenike organising with schoolchildren in Abuja, Nigeria, 2019, Photo copyright to: Oladosu Adenike We have known about climate change for decades. As early as 1992 the threat was sufficiently obvious, and the science sufficiently clear, to justify …

Coronavirus is a ‘sliding doors’ moment. What we do now could change the Earth’s trajectory

Coronavirus is a ‘sliding doors’ moment. What we do now could change Earth’s trajectory. Originally published in The Conversation, May 19, 2020 The numbers of people cycling and walking in public spaces during COVID-19 has skyrocketed. Cities from Bogota to Berlin and Vancouver have expanded bike lanes and public paths to accommodate the extra cycling …

Arran Energy Challenge Year Two Round Up

Sustainable Island Life 2019/2020 2019/2020 has marked a significant year for Arran residents’ improving their home energy efficiency. This roundup will outline the successes of the past year and how they contributed towards reducing the carbon emissions from domestic properties on the island. This is the main aim of the energy strand, which is funded …