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 …

Why we must continue to prioritise action on climate change

A report from Kenneth Gibson, MSP for Cunninghame North As we face the coronavirus pandemic and the consequences of Brexit show themselves – I have already been contacted by some constituents who have had deliveries cancelled due to major logistical issues – it is tempting to write off climate change as something to worry about …

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 …

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 …

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 …