By David Orr A Marine Corps friend of mine defines resilience as the ability to take a gut punch and come back swinging. More formally, it is said to be the capacity to maintain core functions and values in the… Read More ›
Dear Lord Smith and the Smith Commission, That Scotland be granted substantial control of its own taxation and spending in general terms is not overly controversial, but in particular the settlement needs to include control of energy policy and revenues…. Read More ›
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
If we win a Yes vote on Thursday, the ramifications are huge. One issue that has not been discussed in terms of the assets and ‘debts’ is the toxic legacy of the British State. Here the International Coalition to Ban… Read More ›
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 ›
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 ›
By Coco At 8.30am yesterday morning, anti-fracking activists gathered for a clowning action at the Directorate for Planning and Environmental Affairs (DPEA) in Falkirk. Dressed in colourful clown costumes a group of 17 activists mocked the dangers of fracking with… Read More ›
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 ›
“With devolution you get to ban air-rifles, with independence you can cancel Trident” …
There is little argument against a Yes vote, except fear mongering and fear itself. But it is independence from oil that is needed. Independence from the miracle fuel.
by George Gunn Because Dounreay was built to produce plutonium for military use during the Cold War Dounreay is a war crime perpetrated on the people of Scotland by the British government. The collateral damage has been to the lives… Read More ›
Shaun Burnie on why Big Energy can’t deliver Green Energy, and why we need an energy descent plan for Scotland…
by Patrick Harvie MSP “George Osborne continues to wage his war on reality, creating ever greater poverty and inequality in our society and backing the wrong fuel for our energy needs and climate targets. The gigantic real-terms cut in benefits for… Read More ›
Gregor Gall outlines the socialist case for independence…
by George Gunn Wednesday April 25th was a very windy day in Caithness. A fierce North Easterly gale blew down from Norway and blasted the blossoms off what pass for trees in this flat, mainly treeless land. It felt, in… Read More ›
140 miles from Aberdeen the North Sea sits on the verge of an environmental catastrophe. A gas leak under the Elgin platform has, in the last few hours, been confirmed as coming from a previously unknown vent disturbed by drilling… Read More ›
by George Gunn Recently I was stuck between a conference where mobiles were verboten and writing a screenplay where everything other than the work in hand was verboten. But I had this desperate need to know whom the Nuclear Decommissioning… Read More ›
Should Transition remain above and beneath and beyond politics, or is there a way of fusing the genius of Transition’s focus on the primary importance of place, and the genius of the Occupy movement’s focus on the crude fact that the very few are destroying the planet we all depend on?
Launching this week is Blasda – Scotland’s local food feast, a massive celebration of the alternative to supermarket food culture happening across the country next month. From East Kilbride, where the entirely volunteer-driven EKDT are heating their polytunnels with dung-heaps… Read More ›
First Woolies, then News of the World, now Star Trek. What’s up next? Anyone for the Euro?
This is Natalie Jeremijenko on the art of eco-mindshift, from Pat Kane’s new Radical Animal site. Natalie Jeremijenko is an artist/engineer whose background includes studies in biochemistry, physics, neuroscience and precision engineering. She is an active member of the net.art… Read More ›
With neoliberalism on a down slope and a new era of South-South cooperation dawning, this is the most favorable historical moment in decades to retake the endeavor of Third World militance and solidarity.
What do we mean by renewable energy? If you ask the average person on the street, many of them probably associate “renewable” with “green” (or “environmentally-friendly”, as we used to call it). The thing is, we should be associating it with “infinite” and “inexhaustible”.
For more than three decades ground-breaking scholar and activist Susan George has written expansively on the effects of neo-liberal economics on the poor. Product & Bella interviewed her. Your latest book is Whose Crisis? Whose Future? You’ve argued that the… Read More ›
“Why have a Parliament if we don’t use it to make possible what would be impossible without it? “
The real issue is not the relationship between sovereignty and prosperity but between prosperity and growth. Ireland’s real ‘crime’ was not to be independent, or to be part of Europe, it was to be obsessed with growth.