The Legacy of Rachel Carson

The Legacy of Rachel Carson by Sally Campbell The following quotations are at the front of Silent Spring: “Modern man no longer knows how to foresee or to forestall. He will end by destroying the earth from which he and other living creatures draw their food”. Albert Schweitzer (1956) Bulletin of International Union for the …

North Ayrshire Council launches new Environmental Strategy

Last month NAC launched their latest Environmental Strategy (2021-2023) at an online event hosted by Council Leader Joe Cullinane, and featuring a panel of recognised experts, including Jude King, Project Manager at Arran Eco Savvy. North Ayrshire Council declared a climate emergency in June 2019 and has committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2030. …

Peace Cranes exhibition extended

Peace and Justice Scotland launched the exhibition Peace Cranes in early August to coincide with Hiroshima Day, and have now raised funds to keep the installation open until 14th November. If you haven’t had a chance to visit yet, it is a truly remarkable piece of art based on the dedication of dozens of volunteers over …

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 …