EVENT: Protect the Oceans – Photo Exhibition in the Highlands

Greenpeace Inverness are hosting Protect the Oceans photo exhibition and event this Saturday. Read on to find out more: What is happening? Do you think protecting the oceans is important? Do you want to do something to help? Well you can! Come along to our Protect the Oceans event. You can learn more about what actions are being taken and what you can do as … Continue reading EVENT: Protect the Oceans – Photo Exhibition in the Highlands

WATCH: David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet – Official Trailer

Netflix and WWF have released the first look at Sir David Attenborough’s new movie length documentary. In their official promo material, WWF said; “In his 93 years, David Attenborough has visited every continent on the globe, exploring the wild places of our planet and documenting the living world in all its variety and wonder. “Now, for the first time he reflects upon both the defining … Continue reading WATCH: David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet – Official Trailer

The VIBES Scottish Environment Business Awards 2018 shortlist revealed

FORTY Scots businesses judged to be tackling environmental issues and challenges have been shortlisted for this year’s VIBES awards. 

The VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards will take place on November 14 at the Radisson Blu in Glasgow.

The finalists for the 19th edition include: Wood, Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Devro (Scotland) Ltd, Edinburgh Trams and the Royal Zoological Society Scotland. Continue reading “The VIBES Scottish Environment Business Awards 2018 shortlist revealed”

Sea Watch Foundation calls for help in annual whale watch count

THE Sea Watch Foundation are calling for help in tracking the UK’s whale population during a nine-day audit.

The charity, which works to to improve the conservation and protection of whales, dolphins and porpoises in UK and Irish waters. holds the event every year to get a snapshot of populations.

The 16th annual count needs as many eyes on the sea as possible. Continue reading “Sea Watch Foundation calls for help in annual whale watch count”

Clean Air Day 2018 events in Glasgow and Edinburgh to include major road closures

GLASGOW and Edinburgh are to mark Clean Air Day later this month with a series of road closures and events designed to raise awareness and encourage people to ditch their cars.

The date – Thursday, June 21 – is geared towards having drivers and commuters switch to active travel or public transport, as an alternative to their own vehicles.

Now Scotland’s largest two cities are to close off roads to make their use impossible and reinforce the message. Continue reading “Clean Air Day 2018 events in Glasgow and Edinburgh to include major road closures”

Marine Conservation Society challenges people to go without plastic for July

THE MARINE Conservation Society has launched its annual challenge urging people to go plastic free for the month of July.

Their ‘Plastic Challenge’ encourages people to take up the event in a bid to raise their own awareness of just how much they use.

It has the backing of TV presenter and Ocean Ambassador Simon Reeve. He said: “Our planet is becoming poisoned by plastic. Continue reading “Marine Conservation Society challenges people to go without plastic for July”

Scottish Renewables Young Professionals Green Awards shortlist

THE chief executive of Scottish Renewables has hailed ‘innovation’ in the sector ahead of this year’s Young Professionals Green Awards being held in Glasgow tonight.

Claire Mack said that “new ways of doing things” had created the sector as she praised all those shortlisted for the event at the Glasgow Science Centre.

In her programme notes, she added: “What stands out for me is the dedication and professionalism shown by all our shortlisted entrants. Continue reading “Scottish Renewables Young Professionals Green Awards shortlist”

Friends of the Earth workshops and Not Without us screening dates released

FRIENDS of the Earth Scotland are staging a series of workshops to help people learn how to be more effective campaigners.

They will look specifically at ideas around climate justice, how to meet and lobby politicians and work with other supporters.

It will also look in detail at the forthcoming Climate Change Bill to be delivered by the Scottish Government. Continue reading “Friends of the Earth workshops and Not Without us screening dates released”

Permaculture Scotland publishes line-up for gathering in June

PERMACULTURE Scotland’s 2018 Gathering and Conference will take place in Fife.

Delegates will attend the event near St Andrews from Friday June 1 to Sunday June 3 at Craigtoun Country Park.

Workshops, discussions, site visits and social interaction around the campfire will all feature for what is described as a family festival. Continue reading “Permaculture Scotland publishes line-up for gathering in June”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to deliver keynote speech at All-Energy conference

SCOTLAND’S First Minister Nicola Sturgeon us expected to deliver the main address to more than 7000 delegates attending what is being billed as the UK’s largest renewables and low carbon energy conference. 

Her May 2 address to the All-Energy event is potentially significant, coming just eight months after she told the SNP party conference in Glasgow, that her government would will establish a publicly-owned, not-for-profit energy company to deliver renewable energy to Scottish customers “as close to cost price as possible”.

She said at the time: “The idea, at its heart, is simple. Energy would be bought wholesale or generated here in Scotland – renewable, of course – and sold to customers as close to cost price as possible.” Continue reading “First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to deliver keynote speech at All-Energy conference”

Friends of the Earth Scotland hold Spring Activist Gathering this Saturday

FRIENDS of the Earth Scotland are holding their Spring Activist Gathering in Glasgow this weekend.

The event is aimed at both seasoned campaigners or people new to activism, including members and non members.

Director Dr Richard Dixon will deliver the opening speech – Creating a Fossil Free Scotland – at 10.45am. Continue reading “Friends of the Earth Scotland hold Spring Activist Gathering this Saturday”

OPINION: ‘We haven’t even scratched the surface of decarbonising’

Here Claire Mack, the chief executive of Scottish Renewables, previews the Low Carbon Cities conference happening in Edinburgh on February 20.

“Almost a quarter of the world’s population lives in cities, and that figure is growing.

The interactions between people, transport and the built environment are enormously powerful, and we’re only just starting to get to grips with the impacts of urbanisation.

On Manhattan Island, in the average January, the amount of heat produced from combustion alone is greater than the amount of energy from the sun by a factor of 2.5. Continue reading “OPINION: ‘We haven’t even scratched the surface of decarbonising’”

Earth Hour 2018 takes place on March 24 announce organisers

THE annual Earth Hour event will take place on March 24 this year with communities joining in at 8.30pm their local time. It will see millions of lights and other power sources turned off for an hour to raise the profile of energy consumption and plight of wildlife. For more details of what is going on and how to stage your own events, visit earthhour.org Continue reading Earth Hour 2018 takes place on March 24 announce organisers

Beehive pops up in lobby of G&V Royal Mile Hotel in Edinburgh for National Honey Week

A FIVE-STAR hotel will open up its colony of bees to the public in a bid to raise awareness over their importance next week.

G&V Royal Mile Hotel in Edinburgh has 180,000 honey bees on the rooftop of its old town property in partnership with keepers Plan Bee Ltd.

But they will be putting on a pop-up hive in the ground floor lobby between next Friday and Sunday (Oct 27 – 29) as part of National Honey Week.

Continue reading “Beehive pops up in lobby of G&V Royal Mile Hotel in Edinburgh for National Honey Week”

Hebridean Celtic Festival and Edinburgh Meadows in running for national green awards

TWO Scots music festivals have been short-listed for a national award celebrating green initiatives.

The Hebridean Celtic Festival on the Western Isles and the Edinburgh Meadows Festival are in the running for The Greener Festival Award 2017.

They are up against major other events including the Green Gathering, Greenbelt Festival, Just So Festival, Kew the Music, Nonstock: The Hidden Valley, Wood Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival and Glastonbury.

Continue reading “Hebridean Celtic Festival and Edinburgh Meadows in running for national green awards”

Young Friends of the Earth Scotland get ready for their first elections at AGM in Glasgow

THE first AGM held by Young Friends of the Earth Scotland is scheduled to take place in Glasgow next weekend.

Elections, training sessions and discussions will be held across two days at Glasgow Autonomous Space in Kilbirnie Street.

The activist network is run by campaigners aged between 16 and 30 years old and is part of Young Friends of the Earth Europe and the Stop Climate Chaos coalition.

Continue reading “Young Friends of the Earth Scotland get ready for their first elections at AGM in Glasgow”

European Environmental Bureau annual conference in Edinburgh to discuss danger of Brexit to world sustainability

A MAJOR conference being held in Edinburgh next month will discuss how the UK’s Tory led departure from Europe could impact on international efforts to protect the environment.

Scotland’s environment minister Roseanna Cunningham will be keynote speaker at the European Environmental Bureau’s annual conference hosted at Dynamic Earth.

SNP MEP Alyn Smith, Scottish Greens Mark Ruskell, EEB President Mikael Karlsonn and former EU Chief Scientist Anna Glover are among the other contributors and panellists taking part at the event on Sunday, November 6.

Continue reading “European Environmental Bureau annual conference in Edinburgh to discuss danger of Brexit to world sustainability”

Great British Beach Clean Up appeal for Scottish volunteers

THE ‘Great British Beach Clean’ is just nine days away but organisers say just 122 people have so far signed-up to take part in Scotland.

That’s despite the Marine Conservation Society running 40 beach cleans and surveys across Scotland. Continue reading “Great British Beach Clean Up appeal for Scottish volunteers”