Archive | October 2012

From Climate Act to Climate Action – Words are not Enough

Much though communication is vital, it usually needs to be backed up with action.This is probably more true for the urgent environmental issues that face us than for anything else.

Three years ago the Scottish Parliament unanimously passed the Scottish Climate Change Act 2009, the world’s strongest climate legislation. But legislation only works if backed up with action and unfortunately (and to some perhaps unsurprisingly), the Scottish Government failed to meet it’s first target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Stop Climate Change Chaos Coalition are holding a mass lobby of the Scottish Parliament, 12.45-2.15pm, Thursday 25th October. This offers a vital opportunity to show MSPs (Members of the Scottish Parliament) that people in Scotland want to see real action on climate change. Perhaps ironically for a mass event, places are limited so book yours today! The lobby offers the chance for people to come together from across Scotland to show our politicians that we care about climate change and that the Government must deliver on the Scottish Climate Act.

If you can’t be there on the day you can ‘Get Your Act Together’ in the #gyat Twitter storm.  Simply tweet your messages between 12.45pm and 2.15pm on the day using the #gyat hashtag to show our politicians that we need them to do more on climate change.You can also use the hashtag in the run-up to the lobby to increase awareness of the event.

You can find out more on the Stop Climate Change Chaos Coalition website. Plus, EcoWarriorMe has written a detailed blog post on the event and Twitter storm.

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National Ethical Investment Week

National Ethical Investment Week (NEIW) is a campaign to ensure that everyone knows that they have green and ethical options when it comes to their finance and investment decisions.

NEIW brings together Advisers, Charities and Churches, Financial Organisations, Faith Groups, NGOS and Community Groups to spread the word about green and ethical investing.
You can find out more at the National Investment Week website.

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Beginners Birdwatching Classes

I’m in the middle now of another term of beginners birdwatching classes that I lead for the City of Edinburgh Council. I’ve been leading these classes for a couple of years now and it’s good to see some people coming back time after time as well as to always see new faces!

I always say to people I can’t guarantee what species of birds will turn up on our walks and I can’t guarantee the weather. I’m doing surprisingly well on both of these though, we almost always get to see a good selection of birds and the weather is always pretty good (specially considering how unreliable Scottish weather is!).

Each walk is billed to last two hours but always lasts at least a bit longer because everyone gets so engrossed in the birds we’re seeing. Yesterday at Blackford Pond, everyone was particularly impressed by the dabchicks (little grebes) on the pond and the chiffchaffs in the bushes.

We also had an unexpected addition to the class in the form of a young kitten who quickly made friends with everyone in the class. Not quite sure what the birds thought, but they certainly weren’t scared off!

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A Winner!

Due to the not exactly overwhelming response to my recent give-away of the Watch and Do The Green Thing DVD, it was easy to pick a winner – Milo of the Clear Minded Creative.

So Milo, please send me your address and I’ll get the DVD out to you.

(You may think this was some kind of fix, given that I won prizes in a recent give-away at the Clear Minded Creative. But Milo was the only person to respond to my give-away (by favouriting a tweet about it on Twitter! And remember, you’ve got to be in it to win it!)

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The $100 Start Up

I was delighted to win a copy of The $100 Start Up by Chris Guillebeau recently in a competition over on The Clear Minded Creative. (I also won a copy of Guillebeau’s The Art of Non-conformity, which I reviewed on my Crafty Green Poet blog here.

As with The Art of Non-Conformity, The $100 Start Up is very readable and engaging. the reader is caught up in Guillebeau’s enthusiasm for breaking with the 9-5 and creating a business round your passions. or rather round that point where your passions mesh with what the public want.

There’s a lot of solid advice in here about marketing, writing a one page business plan, launching your business and developing your ideas. This is all backed up with inspiring case studies of people who have successfully started their own business. Sometimes they are people who have followed their own passions as a way to escape less than fulfilling careers, many have been made redundant and forced to rely on and develop their side projects.

So if you’re wanting to set up on your own and feel nervous about it, this is the book to read that will give you a kick start and some good sound advice too! There’s also a $100 Start Up website, for further ideas and inspiration!

In keeping with my comment on The Clear Minded Creative competition post (where I said my idea of what to do with $100 to change the world was to give copies of $100 Start Up to community libraries and community centres) I’m donating my copy of this book to my local library (if they’re willing to accept it).