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 …

Learning the language of nature

By Timothy Seekings, originally published in the The Ecologist online, 25th June 2020 Art, spirituality and epidemiology do not often intersect. But when they do, it’s worth taking a closer look, especially when the emerging perspective can help us respond to epidemics such as Covid-19 in a more constructive manner. The current global health crisis …

Some Environmental news

Here is a report from marine scientist and Lamlash resident Sally Campbell, with some recent news on various environmental issues… COP26: a new date is set for Glasgow November 2021, delayed from November 2020. For the first time, the UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) at the Scottish …

Arran Energy Challenge Year Two Round Up

Sustainable Island Life 2019/2020 2019/2020 has marked a significant year for Arran residents’ improving their home energy efficiency. This roundup will outline the successes of the past year and how they contributed towards reducing the carbon emissions from domestic properties on the island. This is the main aim of the energy strand, which is funded …

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 …

The Depressing, The Uplifting and The Worrying!

The Depressing, The Uplifting and The Worrying! With thanks to Greenpeace and others. By Sally Campbell At this time of almost continuous 24 hour news on coronavirus and its effect on people, communities and countries it is easy to forget the much bigger picture and look beyond this present and immediate crisis to the much …

Join Eco Savvy for the Arran Spring Fest 21st March

ARRAN ECO SAVVY SPRING FEST We are delighted to announce ARRAN SPRING FEST, celebrating and inspiring sustainability on Arran with focus on local: • FOOD | local food producers’ market | food growing & planting activity | Chai Caddy & Mon’s Thai Kitchen • TRAVEL | eBike obstacle course | free Bike MOTs | Tesla …

A new strategy to protect Scotland’s environment

This article was originally published by Scottish Environment on 25th February 2020. Feature image: Suilven, image credit Sandra Graham. Scotland’s leading environment charities have welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement today of a vision and outcomes for an environment strategy, applauding the government’s commitment to restore nature and end Scotland’s contribution to climate change. They have …

The Birdman of Pollok

Birdman of Pollok: The man who inspired the original school strike And last chance to watch the documentary The Birdman of Pollok on BBC iPlayer! By Martin Hannan writing in The National, 28th December 2019 SCHOOL strikes to protest against damage to the environment are thought to be the inspirational idea of Greta Thunberg, the …