Consultation on restrictions to single-use plastics

The Scottish Government is currently holding a consultation on restrictions to single-use plastics (SUP). The issue of single-use plastics has become a popular concern over the past couple of years and one that has seen much attention in the media and some action already implemented by governments to stem the production of SUP such as …

The Long Read

The Long Read by Sally Campbell Science, Environmental Advocacy and Politics in 2020 I have found it increasingly difficult to listen to Donald Trump and other politicians as they spread what I know is false news, or half-truths to suit their political agenda or ego about just about everything. And in the UK, debates about …

Our Collective Responsibility

By Sally Campbell Sir David Attenborough in closing the Programme “Extinction: The Facts” said with heartfelt conviction: “I do truly believe that together we can create a better future. I might not be here to see it. If we make the right decisions at this critical moment, we can safeguard the planet’s ecosystems, its extraordinary …

It’s time for a wellbeing economy – but what does that really mean?

By Sarah Deas, WEAll Scotland Trustee Imagine an economic system which delivers social justice on a healthy planet: a system in which the economy works for the people, not the other way around. This is a wellbeing economy. At WEAll (Wellbeing Economy Alliance) Scotland, our goal is to work with governments, organisations, and individuals to …

Plan to run Hunterston’s cracked reactors for another year

By Rob Edwards, writing for The Ferret originally published on 27th August 2020 The energy company, EDF, is planning to operate a cracked and ageing nuclear power station at Hunterston in North Ayrshire for another year before closing it down for good. The company is hoping to restart the two 44-year-old reactors at the site …

Trust in the Balance

Trust in the Balance A firm belief in the reliability, truth, or ability of someone or something. ‘relations have to be built on trust’ Over the past months in lockdown Arran resident islanders have grown in their trust of their relationships in our community. At least that is what it feels like: Everyone has helped, …

A tourism recovery taskforce for Scotland

New Tourism Taskforce Established Local MSP Kenneth Gibson reports on a new taskforce that has been set up by the Scottish government to help businesses affected by the pandemic. As we slowly ease out of lockdown, a new taskforce has been created by the SNP Government to consider and drive forward the recovery of Scotland’s …

E-bikes to help charge Scotland’s Green Recovery

A report form local MSP Kenneth Gibson As we continue to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and slowly move out of lockdown, it is more important than ever to focus on active travel. To help with this, the SNP Government is providing £900,000 to encourage the uptake of e-bikes on Arran and across Scotland. Local authorities, …

Tory betrayal on food standards

A report from Patricia Gibson, MP for North Ayrshire and Arran Last week, I challenged Tory MP John Lamont in the Commons on National Farmers Union (NFU) fears and those of consumers, about the threat to food standards and safety.  I was astounded when he responded that the NFU “is spreading misinformation” about this important …

Free school meals extended over summer

A report by Kenneth Gibson MSP. Ahead of the official school holidays, the SNP Government has announced an additional £27.6 million to help feed pupils and other vulnerable people over the summer. Children eligible for free school meals are among those who will continue to be supported through funding that ensures councils are able to …