Serious action on climate change means big changes in work, homes, travel, leisure and diet. If we are to survive the changing climate and the changes we will need to make in our lives, creativity, art and storytelling are an essential …
Diplomacy and duplicity at the seaside
The baffling, frustrating and occasionally inspiring circus that is the UN climate talks is in full swing in the Red Sea tourist resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. Impenetrable as they are these talks are the only place countries can negotiate to act …
30 years of progress, but still not enough
Today is my last day at Friends of the Earth Scotland, after 30 years in the Scottish environment movement. There has been good progress in those three decades and the environment and climate change have moved from fringe concerns to mainstream …
The Climate Strikers return to demand a Green Recovery
One year on from the historic Global Climate Strike, young people are pushing for a Green Recovery that delivers the necessary climate action.
Can the law save the planet?
A very important legal case in the Netherlands shows the power of the law in protecting the planet.
Motorways vs Nature
How news of a motorway plan being turned down in Wales gave hope to villagers at the other end of Europe.
Forty years of campaigning
Looking back on 40 years of Friends of the Earth Scotland.
Marrakech blog – still waiting for action on climate change
For a while this meeting looked like it might be that rarest of things, a UN climate conference that actually finished on time rather than running into Saturday or even Sunday. But, true to UN form, talks broke down last night.
Marrakech blog – urgent action needed and still possible despite Trump
Yesterday at the UN Climate Conference in Marrakech a broad coalition of development, union, faith and environment groups laid out their analysis of where the world is heading and the urgent action that is needed to meet the targets agreed …
People Power at Paris Climate Summit
The French chair of the process at the climate conference is aiming to get a final agreement signed by 6pm tomorrow. Past experience suggests this is unlikely. I’ve already several times experienced that familiar feeling of turning up at the …
The SNP conference – what REALLY happened on fracking ?
Oh dear. When the fracking voting at the SNP conference was over I knew the media would have trouble explaining it. But their early online stories have outdone themselves this time, producing headlines which are the opposite of what actually …