After harvest - 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



Would you like to be part of creating a local food system that is better for the planet, better for people and better for producers? Find out more about the Highland Good Food Conversation.  This project, managed by MOO Food and jointly funded by TBI and the Pebble Trust, aims to support and inspire people throughout the  Highlands to come together to create a food system that is fair to all.

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View Black Isle gardens

We'd love to see more garden pictures - have you sent yours?

 

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The Black Isle Larder website replaces an earlier 'Your Local Larder' booklet which had become out of date.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.

 

Politics, Trauma and Empathy: Breakthrough to a politics of the heart?

Eva Schonveld and Justin Kenrick

From the Medium  website, via SCCAN

Can this be a turning point for our species?  Do we have time to transform our system or are we already committed through climate feedback loops to the destruction of the ecological systems we rely on to survive?.   .   .   .   Our current political system is responsible for dizzying inequalities in wealth and opportunity, resulting in massive suffering for billions of people.  It is impacting on essential earth systems to the point that they are unable to maintain the benign balance of the last 10,000 years.  There are, as is repeatedly pointed out, at most only a handful of years left to address this effectively.  Looking at humans’ track record, and at our current inability to organise ourselves to work together on any issue that counts, the prospects are not looking too good.

Many have long been at rock bottom through the impacts of a system that impoverishes billions for the enrichment of a handful of billionaires. That temporary state of imbalance is almost over. There is no way for it to persist without taking everyone down with it. So here near our collective rock bottom, can we finally acknowledge the depth of change we need to make? Can we face up to the tough shared task of putting together a completely different decision making system?

Read the whole (long) article   (It might have been more effective had it been shorter)

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