We had forgotten that we are ecological beings

If farmers can learn such ways from nature what about the rest of us? An article by Patrick M. Lydon, May 2020, first published in Yes! Magazine.  Featured image: Heron #5 – Sumiyoshi Koen, Osaka, Japan. Credit Patrick M. Lydon It’s afternoon in the middle of the work week, and our local park is filled …

After the Pandemic, We Can’t Go Back to Sleep

In an essay written shortly before his untimely death last year, anthropologist and activist David Graeber argued that post-pandemic, we can’t slip back into a reality where the way our society is organized – serving a handful of rich people while debasing the vast majority — is seen as sensible or reasonable. With the upcoming …

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 …

What ‘Walden’ can tell us about social distancing and focusing on life’s essentials

By Robert M. Thorson, Professor of Geology, University of Connecticut, first published March 26, 2020 in The Conversation Seeking to bend the coronavirus curve, governors and mayors have told millions of Americans to stay home. If you’re pondering what to read, it’s easy to find lists featuring books about disease outbreaks, solitude and living a …

Staying Safe this Winter

A message from Kenneth Gibson MSP During the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, there were few silver linings. One was undoubtedly the reduction of air pollution as lockdowns took place around the world. Another, that the toughest restrictions were in the spring and summer. For many of us, lockdown would have been far more challenging …

Britain needs a National Nature Service to power a green recovery

By Ben Goldsmith, originally published in Reaction, 7th July 2020 The most effective back-to-work peacetime programme ever conceived was America’s 1930’s Civilian Conservation Corps which put three million young people back in employment. They planted three billion trees, established seven hundred new national parks, installed flood protection across a continent, and more. The Corps was …

Research shows public support for putting nature at the heart of recovery plans

New research by the RSPB shows there is huge public support for putting nature at the heart of Coronavirus recovery plans. In this post, Emma Marsh, director of RSPB, reports that increasing access to nature and natural greenspace is essential to building a more equitable and environmentally resilient society. Published first at Wildlife and Countryside …

A tourism recovery taskforce for Scotland

New Tourism Taskforce Established Local MSP Kenneth Gibson reports on a new taskforce that has been set up by the Scottish government to help businesses affected by the pandemic. As we slowly ease out of lockdown, a new taskforce has been created by the SNP Government to consider and drive forward the recovery of Scotland’s …

We’re All In This Together

We’re All In This Together – by Alice Maxwell In recent months the term “isolation” has become synonymous with the grim reality of living with Covid 19. The word has come to evoke people dying alone, without the support of their loved ones, families separated, and an increase in mental illness caused by intense loneliness. …