Balloons and effects on the environment

ONE THING WE CAN DO FOR THE ENVIRONMENT? BALLOONS AND EFFECTS ON THE ENVIRONMENT By Sally Campbell At the gathering for Climate Action and Climate Justice on Saturday 6 November during COP26, in a gale and pouring rain in Brodick, many people spoke out about what one thing we can do, from supporting our young …

Gathering at the Peace Tree, Whiting Bay

Over 50 people of all ages gathered at the Peace Tree in Whiting Bay last Sunday 26th September. In the run up to the forthcoming COP 26 in Glasgow there has been a renewed focus on the environment and the issue of the Weapons of Mass Destruction based in the Clyde. At the same time …

The Green Claims Code

GREENWASHING IS ALL THE RAGE: IS IT COMING TO AN END? The Green Claims Code The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is the UK’s primary competition and consumer authority. Its objective is to make markets work well for consumers, businesses and the broader economy. It has powers to tackle practices and market conditions that harm …

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 …