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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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Richard Heinberg interviews Dennis Meadows

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 a very popular seed potato sale in February.

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The Black Isle Larder website replaces an earlier 'Your Local Larder' booklet which had become out of date.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

50 years after 'The Limits to Growth' - Dennis Meadows interviewed by Richard Heinberg

Dennis and Donella Meadows were two of the authors of the 1972 book 'The Limits to Growth', which modeled the constraints likely to be imposed by resource limits, emissions and pollution on population and economic growth, and warned that the diversion of capital and manpower necessary to combat these restraints might lead to a decline in the average quality of life sometime in the twenty-first century.  The warning was largely ignored, despite being reinforced by the subsequent publication of 'Beyond the Limits' in 1992 and 'Limits to Growth: the 30-year Update' in 2004.

Now, fifty years after 'The limits to Growth',  Dennis Meadows is interviewed by Richard Heinberg, one of the world's leading climate scientists.  One of the themes which comes out in the interview centres around short-termism and self-interest in relation to climate change

"Action requires not just openness, but also resources and concern. I’ve been able to convince people that, for example, climate change is coming. They don’t take action, not because they don’t believe me, but because they just don’t care. They’re focused on a short-term perspective within which the current system is giving them the power and the money they aspire to. They see no need for change."

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We are part of the rapidly expanding worldwide Transition Towns movement. The Black Isle is a peninsula of about 100 sq miles ENE of Inverness in Scotland, UK.