Environmental Justice

Energy Shift Scotland

By Mike Small Renewable energy has overtaken nuclear to become the largest source of electricity in Scotland. Niall Stuart, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, described it as: “historic news for our country.” It’s a milestone that charts the epoch-making choices… Read More ›

The Price of Everything

  By Allan Whyte Nature has been infiltrated by the language of economics. Terms like “natural capital”, “sustainable growth” and “ecosystem services” have all become part of the vocabulary of conservation. Whilst this continues to be the case, the intrinsic… Read More ›

Power to the People

By Philip Johnstone Amid all the debate surrounding the Smith commission there has been surprisingly little focus on energy policy and where there has its focused almost exclusively on oil. Clearly there are issues of great importance to discuss such… Read More ›

This Changes Everything

Naomi Klein discusses her book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate introduced by Dame Vivienne Westwood, as part of COIN’s climate conversations series at The Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford 8th October 2014

Fracking Scotland

Laura Eaton-Lewis explains how Westminster has literally sold the ground from under your feet. Ye’ll have had yer Democracy, then? Oh Edinburgh. It was all looking so good for you for a while. Your high property prices, your comfortable financial services,… Read More ›

The Fracking Queen’s Speech

By Ed Pybus The Queen’s Speech contained extraordinary new powers to fast-track fracking across the whole of Britain. The controversial Infrastructure Bill will allow fracking companies to drill under homes without owner’s permission.  John Sauven, executive director of Greenpeace UK,… Read More ›

A Big Green Yes

By Maggie Chapman, Scottish Greens co-convenor and European Parliament candidate I’m writing to say thank you to the 108,305 who voted Green last Thursday. Thank you so much for your warm welcome around the country, for your kind words throughout… Read More ›

Independent Renaissances?

Independent Renaissances? Narratives for radical Human Ecology in Scotland The Centre for Human Ecology (CHE) is calling for scholars who would like to explore Scottish issues rooted in radical human ecology in the run-up to the independence referendum in September… Read More ›

Power Sharing

On the day Scottish Southern Energy hikes gas and electricity bills by up to 10% for millions of households Bella explores a different path. The stranglehold of private utilities means only one thing, more fuel poverty whilst Alistair Philips-Davies CEO of… Read More ›

The Wind of Change

By Mike Small I don’t believe the gold of today is under the ground. I believe we are the gold. Toby Shapshak, TED GLobal, Edinburgh The independence campaign is shaped and moulded by discussions about oil but it needs to… Read More ›

The Power of Scotland

By Stan Blackley (@stanblackley ) is Deputy Director of Communities at Yes Scotland (www.yesscotland.net). Earlier this week I took part in a breakfast debate at the Scottish Renewables annual conference on the impact that Scottish independence might have on renewable… Read More ›

Arc of Innovation?

Here’s an unashamed plug for Lesley Riddoch’s Nordic Horizons series with two events coming up ‘The Great Green Danes’ in January and ‘Iceland Bounces Back’ in February. First up, something is renewable in the state of Denmark. Scottish Parliament Committee… Read More ›

Indy Podcast 10

Did you know that home insurance premiums in Scotland are artificially high because Scotland is part of the union? I didn’t. You can find out why and much more by listening to ScotIndyPod episode 10 where I talk with (Dr)… Read More ›

Rio Grand Apathy

By Ross Croall Throw off the shackles of the so-called ‘debate’ on climate change – environmental problems are real, and they are here to stay. Forget about global warming for a second.  By the middle of the current century, human… Read More ›

Who Owns Oil?

This article is relevant for anyone thinking about the longer-term issues about energy and Scotland. By Carmelos Ruiz-Marrero Repsol, a multinational based in Spain, has brought a class action lawsuit in New York courts against the Argentine government for the… Read More ›