Category: Reposts

  • Short film: St Fittick’s Kirk vs Aberdeen Harbour

    Short film: St Fittick’s Kirk vs Aberdeen Harbour

    St. Fittick’s Kirk, Torry, used to look out across a wide open beach: the Bay of Nigg. A popular bathing spot in the early 20th century in more recent years it was a haven for dog walkers and surfers. That was until the Scottish Government and Aberdeen City Council decided to concrete the bay over […]

  • Fossil fuel industry spills money and power in year of tumult

    Fossil fuel industry spills money and power in year of tumult

    When a ship is plain sailing, it’s hard to knock it off course. That’s been the conundrum for us rubber-dinghied climate activists for decades now as we try our best to push the supertanker that is the global economy towards sustainability. But in 2020 the ship hit the rocks – and hard. As the keel […]

  • Just & Green Recovery letter sent to the First Minister

    Just & Green Recovery letter sent to the First Minister

    As the peak of the first wave of the Coronavirus pandemic passed I worked with colleagues at Friends of the Earth Scotland and elsewhere to draft a letter to the First Minister about what a just recovery should entail. The letter was initially signed by 82 civil society organisations from across different sectors of Scottish […]

  • The Brexit Vote

    The Brexit Vote

    In recent weeks it has been said ad nauseam that Labour’s main problem in this election is it’s Brexit policy. I do not agree. In fact I would go so far as to say the Labour Party has, by a country mile, the best Brexit policy of the main parties. This is not glowingly self-evident, […]

  • How to divest a nation from fossil fuels

    How to divest a nation from fossil fuels

    Scotland as a nation is still heavily invested in the companies most responsible for climate change. To get a glimpse of how we might turn this situation around we need only look across the Irish Sea. The Republic of Ireland’s world-beating divestment policy provides a fantastic example for Scotland to follow as it moves to […]

  • The truth behind Shell’s big story

    The truth behind Shell’s big story

    When it comes to Shell and the climate, we should be very wary. As major UN talks on climate change begin in Poland, UK-based oil company Shell have made a big announcement, and if you care about climate change, it’s worth getting to grips with.

  • Royal Bank of Scotland: 10 years of climate campaigning

    Royal Bank of Scotland: 10 years of climate campaigning

    Creativity and crises over the last 10 years of the publicly-owned polluter. “Make It Happen” was an RBS slogan that meant far more than they intended. In the mid-2000s activists had spent years of fighting oil spills, pipelines and mega coal mines and the damage they cause. When they began to look deeper into how […]

  • Breaking the power of fossil fuels: divestment at work

    It’s not right, but money talks and money makes the world go round. Despite years of scandal, failure and chaos, financiers in the City of London continue to make the big calls on how to invest, and in doing so, hold our common future in their hands. Almost 10 years since the financial crash this […]

  • Campaign stories: Edinburgh University goes fossil free (finally!)

    The successful five year campaign to divest Edinburgh University from fossil fuels should give heart to people everywhere who are campaigning for climate justice in their communities. By Ruby Kelman and People & Planet Society, with additional text by Ric Lander. Edinburgh University People & Planet with supporters in the Old College quad, March 2016. […]

  • What we’re saying Yes to: Public investment for the people

    The UK is in dire need of new investment for housing. Credit: GWN2008 There are a lot of problems we face that we need our government to tackle. Some demand the time of effort of policy makers, like the forging of new relationshops within and outwith our borders, the provision of new rights, and changes […]