Malcolm Spaven, of the Scottish Opencast Communities Alliance will speak on Opencast coal extraction. This is an issue of particular concern in the area as Hargreaves Services lodged an application with South Lanarkshire Council to extract up to four million tonnes of coal from a site at Glentaggart East.
WWF's Earth Hour will take place on Sat 19th Mar from 19:30 - 20:30. Find activities near you at http://earthhour.wwf.org.uk/?pc=EJG006001&ds_medium=cpc&gclid=CNbSnfL228oCFaoewwod9UwCIg&gclsrc=aw.ds
In case you haven’t noticed it’s been pretty wet across the UK this winter. As a kayaker I usually like a bit more rain than most, but when people are being flooded out of their homes and infrastructure seriously damaged it stops being fun!
Unlike in England and Wales in Scotland we have generally been pretty good at not building on flood plains – places that are flooding like Hawick town centre and houses close to Tweed Green in Peebles are long established, so what’s changed?
Despite a year of butchering the U.K. renewables industry and undermining energy- efficiency measures, David Cameron is still trying to fool the British public and, indeed the delegates in Paris, regarding his vow to lead the ‘Greenest Government Ever’-a phrase he used first back in May 2010 when the Coalition Government was being formed.
This annual publication is an accessible reference document which covers a wide range of enivronmental topics including: public attitudes and behaviours, global atmosphere, air quality, water quality, green space, waste and recycling; and is a helpful starting point for more detailed local research on the environmental impacts of energy, housing and transport policies.
Greener Scotland has loads of tips and tricks for going greener in home energy, transport, food and waste.
The Scottish Government's data on Scotland's carbon footprint and policy priorities for reduction: www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Environment/Publications/carbonfootprint9812
This is a great 5 minute video for kids explaining the basics of global warming.
An ecological or environmental footprint measures the amount of nature's resources an individual, community or a country consumes on a given year. This includes the amount of land and water needed to produce the goods consumed and assimilate/absorb the wastes generated. The world is currently consuming 1.6 planets, with the UK average at 3.5.
The Global Footprint Network is the think tank which first established the data-driven metric and calculates Footprint Accounts to help us work towards a one-planet future.
Zero Carbon Britain is the flagship research project from the Centre for Alternative Technology, showing that a modern, zero-emissions society is possible using technology available today.
You can find their latest reports and resources here:zerocarbonbritain.com/zcb-latest-report