Polluters banned from COP26 public venues

By Brendan Montague writing in The Ecologist 20th August 2021 Glasgow City Council to ban big polluters from public venues during COP26 Corporations that “contribute towards catastrophic climate change” have been banned from public buildings during the COP26 conference this November by Glasgow City Council. A motion passed unanimously at a full council meeting is …

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 …

The Good, the Bad and yes, the Ugly too

By Sally Campbell. Featured image credit: Greenpeace International THE GOOD NEWS: The Power of the Consumer and Shareholders by using the Law History was made in the Hague district court this week. Judge Larisa Alwin ruled that Shell, one of the world’s biggest oil companies, must cut its emissions by 45% by 2030 relative to …

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 …

Help Fidra with a citizen science project testing food packaging

Citizen Science…Help us find Food Packaging which contains PFAS An interesting experiment for all ages of the family on food packaging We have had many conversations about packaging over the past year. But concern is growing as food packaging sometimes has a “forever “chemical used in the production. So what are PFAS? If not interested …

Every Cloud…

Every Cloud… by Kenneth Gibson, MSP While enduring the COVID-19 crisis is difficult and emotional for many, it can help us to remind ourselves of some positive news at this challenging time. For example, air pollution levels across Europe have dropped significantly in the weeks since lockdowns began across the continent to stop the spread …

The Critical Path to Global Ocean Protection

“The Critical Path to Global Ocean Protection” Greenpeace’s strategy for Protecting 30% of our oceans by 2030 A report from Sally Campbell With all the focus on the sustainability of salmon fish farming off Arran’s spectacular coastline and questioning over its environmental impacts there is some encouraging news about our seas. After decades of industrial …

Tipping waste into our marine environment

Tipping waste into our marine environment – a report from Lamlash resident and marine scientist Sally Campbell The Isle of Arran Distillers was granted a licence to discharge up to 60,000 litres per day of mixed untreated distillery effluent over 2 x 3 hour periods each day into Kilbrannan Sound, transported to the outfall head …

TAP Arran Gains National Environmental Award

The Isle of Arran is Scotland’s first Surfers Against Sewage accredited ‘Plastic Free Community’ as it takes action on single-use plastic. The Isle of Arran has become Scotland’s first community to join a network of communities across the UK that are leading the way on tackling throw away plastic. In recognition of the islands work …

Update on Friends of the Firth of Clyde campaign to stop oil rig decommissioning in the Clyde

The Friends of the Firth of Clyde are currently fighting a proposal by Peel Port to develop an oil rig decommissioning plant at Hunterston. They are waiting on an imminent decision by Scottish Enterprise as to whether SE will grant Peel Port £10 million of extra funding to enable the plan to go ahead. Here Friends of …