No Mow May

No Mow May: how to get ten times more bees on your lockdown lawn Join Plantlife’s No Mow May campaign and say “no” to the mow this May to help our bees, butterflies, wildlife and us! The temptation for many of us in lockdown Britain is to get on with jobs in the garden – …

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 …

Nature Prescriptions

By Kirsty Nutt writing in November 2020 for the RSPB Scotland From Cornwall to Shetland conservation groups and GPs are partnering to “prescribe nature”. The government has committed funding to develop social prescribing, and since the end of last year, GPs at five practices in Edinburgh are now able to prescribe nature to patients as …

What Can I Do?

What Can I Do? By Sally Campbell When I was young, I thought activism was a sprint, And I worked around the clock, hoping for quick change. When I was older, I learned activism is a marathon, and I learned to pace myself. At eighty-two , I realize it is neither sprint nor marathon; it …

Vote secures some key post-Brexit nature protections, but major gaps remain

The Fight for Scotland’s Nature campaign reports here on the recent vote that took place at Holyrood on the EU Continuity Bill. As part of this Bill a new environment watchdog is being set up to safeguard vital environmental protections after the Brexit transition. In last month’s Voice for Arran we highlighted that a significant …

Welcome improvements to Scotland’s EU exit laws, but bill must go further for nature

MSPs received more than 17,000 emails calling for a strong, independent Scottish environment watchdog. On 24th and 25th November, MSPs voted to make important improvements to the Scottish government’s EU Continuity Bill, including strengthening the independence of the new watchdog. But as it stands, the watchdog still won’t be able to take action on individual …

The Long Read – Soya and the Cerrado

Soya and it’s relationship to Brazil’s Cerrado Destruction  A report by Sally Campbell Rachel Carson in 1962 in Silent Spring wrote… “The history of life on earth has become the history of interactions between living things and their surroundings…Only within the moment of time represented by the present century has one species. man.. acquired sufficient …

Infected larch trees on Arran to be cleared

Voice readers on Arran will be aware about the imminent felling of larch trees on the island. For those non Arran readers who may not be, here is a report from Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) explaining the situation. It also suggests ways we can help slow the spread of the Phytophthora disease.  Residents on …

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 …

Words shape how we think about the environment

By Katie Jones first published at Curious.earth October 1, 2020 I’m a copywriter. It’s my job to overthink words. But when it comes to talking about the environment, it’s hard. Sustainability has got to be one of the most overused words of recent years, but it’s often misused as there aren’t suitable alternatives. Still, when …