LetterS to THE Earth – Aimee

To the Earth, I am sorry for all of the damage we have done to you. How we have fought against each other over things like control and land, and in doing so have harmed not only ourselves but also you and cost so many innocent lives.  I truly hope we will be able to solve the problem we are going through together right now, … Continue reading LetterS to THE Earth – Aimee

Dear Glasgow COP26 …. John bynorth

Dear Glasgow The eyes of the world will be on your summit for 12 days in November, but the consequences of any decisions taken in Glasgow will last for decades to come. This crucial UN summit is due to take place six years after over 190 governments signed the Paris Agreement. This accord bound signatories into policies to work towards keeping global temperature rises to below … Continue reading Dear Glasgow COP26 …. John bynorth

I don’t understand: A letter to humans by Martha Rowe

When one of you is sick you take them to the hospital or you care, and love them and look after them.  I am sick and you have not done this for me. I have been sick for a long time coming and I’ve shown you for ages. I give and I give and I get nothing back. That’s okay, I love giving. But just … Continue reading I don’t understand: A letter to humans by Martha Rowe

DEAR GLASGOW COP 26 …. NAYSUN ALAE-CAREW

Dear Glasgow We must understand that we are all responsible for one another. It’s not enough to cling to outdated and disproven ideas that if we act in our own self-interest that the world’s problems will fix themselves. We don’t feel the impact of our individual actions when we buy a diesel-hungry car, eat that bit of steak or buy single-use plastics. The impact is … Continue reading DEAR GLASGOW COP 26 …. NAYSUN ALAE-CAREW

DEAR GLASGOW COP26 …. DEREK MacDONALD

Dear Glasgow Calls for action on tackling climate change tends to focus on the active – commuting, how we travel, what cars we use, what carbon footprint we leave. But what type of homes we live in and whether they help or hinder our efforts to reach net-zero carbon emissions receive much less attention and debate. That is why COP26 must devote as much time … Continue reading DEAR GLASGOW COP26 …. DEREK MacDONALD

DEAR GLASGOW COP26 – CHARLES QUINN

Dear Glasgow It is safe to say rather a lot has happened in the 12 months since it was announced you’d be hosting COP26. When the climate summit does eventually take place, it will be in a world irrevocably altered and a global economy dramatically reshaped by COVID-19. While the pandemic has battered the international marketplace, not all of its effects have been negative. The … Continue reading DEAR GLASGOW COP26 – CHARLES QUINN

Warming Oceans Are Making the Climate Crisis Significantly Worse

By Harold R. Wanless The climate emergency is bigger than many experts, elected officials, and activists realise. Humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions have overheated the Earth’s atmosphere, unleashing punishing heat waves, hurricanes, and other extreme weather—that much is widely understood. The larger problem is that the overheated atmosphere has in turn overheated the oceans, assuring a catastrophic amount of future sea level rise. As oceans heat … Continue reading Warming Oceans Are Making the Climate Crisis Significantly Worse

Scotland’s renewable energy ambition is within touching distance … but the real journey is only just beginning

Whatever the new hue of the Scottish Parliament looks come next session, it is clear climate ahead of COP26 in November will take centre stage, and renewables will be at the heart of it. Continue reading Scotland’s renewable energy ambition is within touching distance … but the real journey is only just beginning

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OPINION: Unless drastic action is taken over the next nine years melting Arctic and Antarctic ice caps will be more than a newspaper front page

Although many family cycling shops stayed open during the latest lockdown, the Scottish Government should ensure funding is available for small cycle firms to be set up easily and cycle training courses reskill people who have lost their jobs as the pandemic obliterated our high streets. Continue reading OPINION: Unless drastic action is taken over the next nine years melting Arctic and Antarctic ice caps will be more than a newspaper front page

OPINION: Why The Scotsman is looking at ‘Sustainable Scotland’

The Scotsman has launched a campaign aimed at focusing on ‘Sustainable Scotland’. Here its commercial editor Stephen Emerson explains why: Throughout 2020 and beyond, The Scotsman will celebrate the initiatives, people and companies that are driving Scotland’s economy and way of life towards a greener and more sustainable model. As the country begins to emerge from the Coronavirus lockdown, calls for a ‘green recovery’ are … Continue reading OPINION: Why The Scotsman is looking at ‘Sustainable Scotland’

OPINION: World is burning and we’re part of the problem

“We’re in a climate emergency, the world is literally burning, and Scotland unfortunately is part of the problem.

“The Scottish Government’s commitment to ending Scotland’s contribution to the crisis is a strong, welcome and necessary goal.

“It means reducing all our emissions to zero. Continue reading “OPINION: World is burning and we’re part of the problem”

OPINION: Clothing industry needs ‘moon shot’ to end fast fashion

The queen of fashion herself, Anna Wintour, has made her views known about fashion and sustainability.  It’s a welcome influential voice in a sector that is using up global raw materials at an alarming rate.

According to a new report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) global fashion production has doubled in the last 15 years but we are wearing 40% less clothing. This has led to a global figure of over 92 million tonnes of post-consumer clothing landfilled annually.

The planet is in crisis and you probably bought more clothes for the Christmas season – 12 million of us will have bought a novelty jumper with flashing lights and sequins.  Research by environmental charity, Hubbub, said that this purchase was one of the worst examples of fast fashion, a sector now recognised as hugely damaging to the environment. Continue reading “OPINION: Clothing industry needs ‘moon shot’ to end fast fashion”

OPINION: What role has Shell played in moving to a lower-carbon future?

They were headline grabbing images and video, undoubtably grabbing attention. But away from the publicity, why did Extinction Rebellion Scotland target oil firm Shell? XRS activist Lauren Waterman explains.

On Thursday, the 16th of January, Extinction Rebellion Scotland activists blocked all of the entrances to Shell HQ with the aim of shutting down the building and disrupting business as usual.

This action was the culmination of Rig Rebellion 2.0 – a ten day long campaign that began when three women occupied a gas rig in Dundee harbour. The rig is leased by Shell and was due to depart to drill two gas wells in the North Sea. Continue reading “OPINION: What role has Shell played in moving to a lower-carbon future?”

OPINION: Clean Air Day has potential to go further, says Paths for All chief

Ian Findlay is Chief Officer of Paths for All, Scotland’s walking charity which partners with 30 national organisations and aims to significantly increase the number of people who choose to walk in Scotland. Here he argues the case for Clean Air Day’s success.

EDINBURGH’S The Mound was closed off in the biggest show yet of the city’s support for Clean Air Day.

 The day itself serves as a timely annual reminder that the vital air around us carries harmful chemicals that can be hugely damaging to our health.
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Scottish Water chief highlights changes in environment as key to future planning

IT had a closing group balance last year approaching £430bn, supplies vital services to 2.5m homes and 156,000 businesses, and tackles controversy over everything from burst pipes, road works to what it adds in our taps.

But now Scottish Water – the organisational giant that supplies 1.35 billion litres of our fresh water every day – is looking in the mirror, taking stock of the future, and inviting help from the public and Scottish business.

Here, chief executive Douglas Millican, sets out his concerns over the environment, technology and the changing face of Scotland, and explains how their customers can help shape their future planning. Continue reading “Scottish Water chief highlights changes in environment as key to future planning”

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’”

OPINION: So what exactly is the problem with single use plastics?

We’re Plastic Free Scotland. We’re a group of volunteers who have one mission – ending the use of single use plastic in Scotland.

We want to make Scotland a greener place, and that’s why working to encouraging businesses to change their way and stop using single use plastics.

Single use plastic is everywhere you look and there’s no getting away from it. You only have to step inside your local supermarket and straight away you’ll be confronted by fruit and vegetables wrapped in plastic that you cannot recycle. If you want a ready meal for dinner then that’s wrapped in plastic too, and so are the crisps and chocolate you might pick up for a snack too. Continue reading “OPINION: So what exactly is the problem with single use plastics?”