Let’s grow a Woodland Nation

A new report published at the end of last month proposes a radical pathway for Scotland to become a Woodland Nation. In the following article, Rob Edwards from The Ferret takes a closer look at what this means. There seems to be consensus that the country needs to dramatically increase the number of trees. However there’s …

Community Landowners and the Climate Emergency

A report commissioned earlier this year by Community Land Scotland reveals the leading role played by community landowners in tackling the Climate Emergency. Community Landowners and the Climate Emergency shows how community landowners are punching above their weight in the fight to save the planet from climate change. It finds their contribution far outweighs the …

Climate Change Committee’s progress report calls for government strategy to deliver net zero

Published on the Energy Savings Trust website on 24th June 2021 The Climate Change Committee (CCC) has today (Thursday 24th June) published its annual progress report on reducing emissions in the UK. According to the CCC, lockdown measures led to a record decrease in UK emissions in 2020 of 13%. However, the government’s independent climate …

Add your voice to the Climate Scotland campaign

Climate Scotland is a new campaign to demonstrate to leaders that many people in Scotland want strong and meaningful action to tackle the climate and nature emergency. Members of the public can add their voice to the campaign, and the messages plan to be displayed at COP26 in November. The following article was published last …

The Good, the Bad and yes, the Ugly too

By Sally Campbell. Featured image credit: Greenpeace International THE GOOD NEWS: The Power of the Consumer and Shareholders by using the Law History was made in the Hague district court this week. Judge Larisa Alwin ruled that Shell, one of the world’s biggest oil companies, must cut its emissions by 45% by 2030 relative to …

Green Jobs in Scotland

By Francis Stewart, published in Bella Caledonia 23rd April 2021 Our strategy to tackle climate change could line the pockets of the rich or it could benefit the majority. It’s all about political choices – including the choice about Scotland’s constitutional future. Last week it was announced that 290 renewable energy jobs will be created …

We must recognise the Human Right to a Healthy Environment

A report by Kenneth Gibson, MSP for Cunninghame North On 17 March I spoke in a Scottish Parliament debate on the human right to a healthy environment. I wholeheartedly supported my SNP colleague, Ruth Maguire, MSP for Cunninghame South’s, motion, that we incorporate our environment into Scotland’s human rights framework. The idea of human rights …

Scotland’s Climate Assembly publishes it’s interim report

In the January issue of the Voice for Arran, Pauline Robinson wrote about her experience as an observer at Scotland’s Climate Assembly. In her account she explained how the assembly process brought together a group of people who are broadly representative of the Scottish population to take on the task of learning about, discussing and …

An Obituary for Iona Hostel, a plea for Slow Tourism

By Maxwell MacLeod published on 30th March 2021 in Bella Caledonia The essential need for slow tourism in Scotland and an obituary for Iona Hostel which closed on the 30th March. In the early 1980s I had a tourist experience in the Scottish Hebrides that changed my life. Prof Richard Demarco had chartered a large …

The power of ‘what if?’

“If there was ever a time for fresh thinking, for being bold, for being visionary and imaginative – for reimagining everything – this is it. So let’s get together and reshape the world.” Rob Hopkins, author and co-founder of Transition Town Totnes and the Transition Network Following on from his recent book, ‘From What Is …