Friday, May 22, 2015

Re-posting: Rally for the Climate

Join us outside the Scottish Parliament to celebrate all that we love that is affected by climate change, and call for action in this important year. It’s time to Show the Love. Join us to hand in thousands of messages from all across Scotland to the First Minister, demand action on our climate commitments and to push for leadership on climate action internationally.
Come along on Wednesday 27th May 2015 from 12-2pm. If your time is limited then please join us between 1-1:30pm for the main card hand-in.

You can also be part of our photo stunt, talk to your MSP about why this matters to you, find out how you can get involved during this year of climate action, and enjoy crafts, music and hear directly from party leaders.

2015 is an important year, as the Scottish Government will report back on their progress towards meeting their emissions reductions targets set out in the climate act, and the next stage of the UN climate talks will be held in Paris in December. 

Here in Scotland, our politicians need to start delivering on our world-leading climate targets now and secure the huge benefits of living in a low carbon country. 

It's not too late to add your message to the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon! You have 5 days left to tell Nicola what you love and ask Scotland to deliver on climate commitments. Click here to use the e-action to add your message to the thousands more already gathered.
For more information on the Rally click here.
For more information about Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, click here

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Re-posting: Nature Alert

On May 12th 2015, over 100 environmental Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) across Europe have launched a joint online action to save European nature from Commission President Juncker’s deregulation agenda.

An internet action called Nature Alert will allow citizens across the 28 EU countries to participate in the European Commission public consultation and, by doing so, save the laws that protect nature in Europe.

The e-action marks the beginning of a European campaign to stop any threats to current nature protection efforts and to obtain better implementation and enforcement of Europe’s nature laws. More than 100 environmental organisations have joined forces to mobilise members, supporters and the general public to tell the Commission that they want Europe’s nature laws to be maintained, better implemented and enforced.

Europe’s nature laws (the Birds and Habitats Directives) are recognised as some of the strongest in the world to protect animals, plant and habitats from extinction. Thanks to these laws, Europe now has the world’s biggest network of protected areas, Natura 2000, covering about one fifth of Europe’s land and 4% of its marine sites. These laws have provided the highest level of protection to vulnerable habitats and species for the past 30 years.

The European Commission has decided to carry out an in-depth evaluation of both laws to determine whether they are effective in protecting our natural world. European leaders are considering rolling back decades of progress by revising the Directives in the mistaken belief that weaker protection for wildlife is good for business and a desire to cut ‘green tape’. In reality, this would be bad for business, and a disaster for wildlife.

The European Commission is giving everyone the chance to have their say, so add your voice to thousands of others and defend nature. The NGO internet actions allow citizens to take part in the public consultation until 24 July 2015 and are the only opportunity for the public to express their views during this technical evaluation. Without a massive demonstration of public support for the Directives, it will be very hard to prevent them being weakened. So far 75,057 people have taken action!

Magda Stoczkiewicz, director of Friends of the Earth Europe: "We all have a right to nature – and chipping away at vital laws that help protect it would be a disaster for European citizens and the nature we love. We are mobilising people across the EU and will make our voices loud and clear – our nature is not up for grabs and we expect our politicians to protect it for all of us and for future generations."

Angelo Caserta, director of BirdLife Europe: "We have tons of scientific evidence showing that these laws work, when implemented. And numerous examples that these laws are no obstacles to any good economic development. So, my question to President Juncker and VP Timmermans is simple: with all there is to do in Europe, why undo nature laws?"
To participate in the Nature Alert action in various languages and with provided answers to help you complete the consultation please click here

To find out more information about the consultation or to answer it directly from the European Commission's website, please click here

As indicated various NGOs across Europe are also participating in this, below are but three of many.

For RSPB Action - click here.
For WWF Action  - click here.
For BirdLife Action - click here
Use the hashtags!

And remember to share the video and links with your friends, family and networks! 

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Happy Voting Everyone!

This is no normal election: don't let your voice be taken away
Thinking of not voting?Watch this.
Posted by The Guardian on Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

I'll send a postcard

Hello all you lovely people!

This blog won't have any updates for the month of April as I am going to Myanmar (Burma) for three weeks. Its probably for the best, as I'd probably start ranting about the upcoming General Election...and no one wants to read that!

While the blog may be taking an extended nap, I'll still be active on the wonderful world wide web via the mediums of Twitter and Instagram where I hope to share what I'll be seeing, eating and experiencing. So hop on over and follow my adventures if you fancy.

My Twitter name is @MeecoYoueco (easy enough)
My Instagram name is @babybiohazard (don't ask!)

It might interest you to know that to ease my environmental impact of flying for this trip, I have planted trees with Trees for Life.  Trees for Life is Scotland's leading conservation volunteering charity. Their vision is to restore the ancient Caledonian Forest to the Scottish Highlands. Filed with majestic Scots pines, birch, magical rowan, juniper and aspen, the Caledonian Forest was once the UK's equivalent of the rainforest but has been reduced to just a tiny fraction of its former range. Most of the surviving forests now consist of old trees reaching the end of their lifespan, with no new trees replacing them because of overgrazing by deer and sheep.Working with a number of partners and private landowners, Trees for Life are securing the future of the Caledonian Forest by planting native trees, removing non-native species and fencing seedlings to protect them from overgrazing.

You can help them by buying trees for all and any occasion, celebrating a birth or remembering a life, non-materialistic Christmas presents or even buying a grove as a wedding gift. You can also help Trees for Life by volunteering and helping plant the trees.  For more information about Trees for Life visit their website here. 

You may have heard the phrase 'carbon off-setting'? In a nutshell it is pretty much what I have done, bought a tree to offset the carbon I am about to emit by taking flights to Myanmar. Many feel that carbon offsetting is a form of 'green-washing' or easing you green conscious by simply buying your green credentials without really changing your behavior. I think in some cases this is true for individuals, companies and corporations and I definitely don't believe it is the only way forward to achieving sustainable and resilient communities.

Yet if you read this blog, you will know I always advocate that people need to make realistic changes they are happy to live with and stick by. These choices are hard and none of them are 100% green-proof (unless you achieve living off-grid and completely self-sustainably, which has and continues to be done, but this might not be the right choice for some people). No one has the right to 'green police' you. Everything we do in life has an impact somewhere on something or someone, it could drive you to despair thinking about it, which it is why it is important to make choices right for you and respect yours and other people's choices. Helping to plant some trees gives me a warm fuzzy feeling, looking forward to the day I'll be able to walk in their forest, under their shade...and who can argue with that really?

See you on the flip-side my friends!