Every Cloud…

Every Cloud… by Kenneth Gibson, MSP While enduring the COVID-19 crisis is difficult and emotional for many, it can help us to remind ourselves of some positive news at this challenging time. For example, air pollution levels across Europe have dropped significantly in the weeks since lockdowns began across the continent to stop the spread …

A Predictable Pandemic

A PREDICTABLE PANDEMIC by Sally Campbell  Just like the economic crash of 2008, this crisis will shape our country for years to come. There were no conditions on how public resources were directed to repairing the Economic Crisis of 2008 but vast fortunes of our money were delivered to support the financial institutions. In 2008 …

CAN response to the postponement of COP26 to 2021

At the start of last month, Climate Action Network International (CAN) released a response by its members to the news of the postponement of COP26, the 26th UN Climate Change Conference, which was due to be held in November in Glasgow. They emphasise the need to keep focused on the climate crisis during this period …

Reflections on the coronavirus from an Arran resident

Coronavirus reflections from an Arran resident- aged late 70’s. Living alone and self-isolating in an unprecedented situation for the UK and this planet we live on. At time of writing, the writer is on his 37th day of isolation. It is like living in a false bubble, life goes on with little or no change …

Two reports from Arran’s MP Patricia Gibson

Arran’s MP Patricia Gibson has sent two reports, one concerning the job retention scheme and the other urging the Chancellor to act quickly in the current crisis to help save small businesses. Jobs retention scheme must include support for seasonal workers Arran’s MP Patricia Gibson has urged the Chancellor to amend the Jobs Retention Scheme …

Bani Adam: the 13th century Persian poem that shows why humanity needs a global response to coronavirus

Bani Adam: the 13th-century Persian poem that shows why humanity needs a global response to coronavirus By Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, Professor in Global Thought and Comparative Philosophies, SOAS, University of London. Originally published in The Conversation, March 27th 2020. Coronavirus is all about human connectivity. From a philosophical perspective, I’ve been thinking about how this virus …

A New Decade, A New Virus, A New Opportunity

An article by Sally Campbell The whole world is an interconnected and single, inter-dependent system. We, the people of this planet are part of this system and whilst we have developed a great deal of power and influence over use of the Earth’s resources, we remain dependent on our larger earth ecosystem. Evidence that the …

Covid-19 Arran community hub information and a call for volunteers

A Call for Volunteers on Arran and Community Hub information The North Ayrshire Community Planning Partnership have issued a A CALL FOR HELP in response to the Covid-19 situation In their recently published document they write: We are making every effort to prepare for COVID 19 on Arran and want to ask for help from …

Government must act as banks hike the cost of borrowing

North Ayrshire and Arran MP Patricia Gibson has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, calling on the UK Government to step in as high street banks raise overdraft charges and lending rates for customers, while failing to pass on interest savings to borrowers. This is despite the Bank of England cutting the base rate …

Coronavirus: advice from the Middle Ages for how to cope with self-isolation

Coronavirus: advice from the Middle Ages for how to cope with self-isolation By Godelinde Gertrude Perk, Postdoctoral researcher in Medieval Literature, University of Oxford, originally published in The Conversation, March 27th 2020 The pandemic of COVID-19 is often called “unprecedented” – and for many people cooped up in their homes in different countries, the experience …