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 …

COAST calls for vision on marine protection

Writing in their recent newsletter, COAST call for the political parties to make stronger commitments to protecting our marine ecosystems: In the lead up to the elections in May we are asking parties to set out their vision for Scotland’s seas. Alarmingly, our seas have continued to decline over the last decade. As we enter …

OurSeas Marine Hustings 2021

The OurSeas Marine Hustings 2021 Thursday 8th April 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm In the lead up to the Scottish Elections the OurSeas coalition is hosting Marine Hustings to hear parties’ approaches to Marine Conservation. The OurSeas coalition comprises over 100 organisations campaigning for better protection of the marine environment, including COAST and Eco Savvy …

Scotland’s Climate Assembly publishes it’s interim report

In the January issue of the Voice for Arran, Pauline Robinson wrote about her experience as an observer at Scotland’s Climate Assembly. In her account she explained how the assembly process brought together a group of people who are broadly representative of the Scottish population to take on the task of learning about, discussing and …

Musings on the Salmond saga

The Salmond enquiry and political games View of an independent Scotsman The debacle is now over with the First Minister receiving a vote of confidence – But is it? First of all, to make everything very clear I am not a member of any political party, have never voted SNP and voted NO at the …

Tories Hike TV Licence Fees as Pandemic Continues

Arran’s MP Patricia Gibson has condemned the UK Tory Government – to which such powers are reserved – for increasing TV licence fees as the coronavirus pandemic and restrictions continue. The annual TV licence has been increased by £1.50, from £157.50 to £159 just nine months after free TV licences for over-75s ended and became …

The Dasgupta Review – why we must all be naturalists now

By Dougie Peedle, Head of Policy at the Scottish Wildlife Trust, published on 9th February on the Scottish Wildlife Trust website Featured image shows Talisker Bay, Isle of Skye, credit: Mark Hamblin Last month saw the long-awaited publication of the Dasgupta Review, a report which was striking in both the simplicity and significance of its …

Keeping Dementia at Bay

A report by Patricia Gibson, MP for North Ayrshire and Arran Almost 80,000 people in Scotland are living with dementia today, a number set to double by 2050. Caring for a loved one with dementia can be very challenging. Watching someone we care about make the slow descent from the person they used to be …

Why we must continue to prioritise action on climate change

A report from Kenneth Gibson, MSP for Cunninghame North As we face the coronavirus pandemic and the consequences of Brexit show themselves – I have already been contacted by some constituents who have had deliveries cancelled due to major logistical issues – it is tempting to write off climate change as something to worry about …

The Scottish Rural Parliament 2021

The Scottish Rural Parliament will be online over five days between 6th – 18th March We all have a personal story to tell about the events of 2020, including the COVID-19 pandemic and the UK’s uncertain progression towards Brexit. Wherever you are, as you are, we invite you to bring your story to the 2021 …