A wintry and coy Ben Wyvis from above Culbokie - Julian Paren
 

Transition Black Isle is about helping Black Isle communities thrive in the face of Climate Change.  We run community markets, we support local food and drink producers, we help people grow more food, we encourage non-car travel, support energy saving and promote reduction of single use plastics  - and much more.  If we in the Black Isle work together to manage more of our own resources, we can thrive despite whatever climate change and the end of fossil fuels throws our way.

All of us will be affected, all of us can do something for our lives and our children's lives.  How can we help each other?

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Highland Good Food Conversation

 

The online Highland Good Food Conference, the second phase of the Conversation, is now in progress.  The session dates are 11, 18 and 25 January, and 1 and 8 February, all from 1.00 to 4.30.

The  Conference Programme  is available to download, and you can join the conference for the remaining sessions by emailing  hello@highlandgoodfood.scot 

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(not) Potato Day 2021


To answer queries beginning to arise about TBI’s annual Potato Day....given the current context, we have had to make the hard decision not to offer the event this year.

However we will be ordering in a (smaller) supply of seed tatties and will make those available through a network of ‘Tattie Hosts’ across the Black Isle, at the end of February/ beginning of March. 

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View Black Isle gardens

It's time for Autumn colours in the garden - how about sending some more pictures?  There are full instructions on the page.

 

Food and Growing

TBI has produced a comprehensive Growing Guide (still available) for the north of Scotland, run several series of 'Grow North' workshops on a range of growing topics, and bought an apple press, which is very popular for juice making in the autumn.  

Climate change

We provide  information about the serious threat posed by climate change and the need to drastically reduce carbon emissions caused by our burning of fossil fuels.  We report on governments' climate change plans, on activists' climate protests and on 'Green New Deal' proposals for a more sustainable world.

Black Isle Larder

The Black Isle Larder website replaces an earlier 'Your Local Larder' booklet which had become out of date.  It provides up to date information both to local people and visitors about Black Isle producers and suppliers offering food and drink largely sourced here.  

Travel and Tourism

TBI's Million Miles project reduced car use significantly, and we continue to encourage public transport and cycling, with an associated bike hire business and publication of an Active Travel map and guides to Black Isle cycle routes.

Plastics and waste

With pollution from single-use plastics a top cause of environmental concern, a group has been set up within TBI to exchange ideas and information on the issue and ultimately to change the attitudes and actions of people and businesses on the Black Isle.

Potato Day

In March each year TBI's most popular event offers gardeners the opportunity to select their seed potatoes from around 70 different varieties at a fixed price per tuber.  Add onion setts, all day refreshments, variety and growing information and advice and a seed swap stall, and it's no wonder it draws the crowds.
 

What If Preventing Collapse Isn't Profitable?

Richard Heinberg  doubts that preventing climate disaster can be portrayed as good business.

You see, the real downside of the green-profit narrative has been that it created the assumption in many people’s minds that the solution to climate change and other environmental dilemmas is technical, and that policy makers and industrialists will implement it for us, so that the way we live doesn’t need to change in any fundamental way. That’s never been true. The sooner we get that through our heads, the more time we will have to get used to living happily within limits—without nature imposing those limits in ways that aren’t so pleasant.

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Published on 23 September 2020  by Common Dreams.

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