Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Sustainable Scotland - Weekly Newsletter

Issue Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Here are the latest items from the Sustainable Scotland website,
moderated by Forward Scotland. You can access the full article by
clicking the Read
More links below.

Not since 1314 when the army of Edward I was sent home tae think again
has Scotland faced such a menacing invasion force. A wall is under
construction, with regular observation posts, to detect the first of
this rapacious host and deal with them appropriately (by imposing
death upon
them). I was told by a source close to the First Minister that they
have to be stopped at all cost from crossing the border “singing
sectarian songs, carrying their crude but deadly serrated flint
blades, loaded up with cheap English booze†.
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What is the connection between A) Impaled Nazarene, a black metal band
that incorporates grindcore in their sound and punk rock in their
B) the World Air Guitar Championships; and C) a concerto for orchestra
and birds (including shore larks and whooper swans)? It’s the kind
question you might expect on Radio 4’s Round Britain Quiz but, being
Sustainable Scotland this riddle is intended to intrigue you into an
that slots easily into our sustainability remit. And the answer is …
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... the Larbert Laundry will Dye for you! The change, from
“Suicide†, in the original advertisement is quite appropriate.
This article is
about international megabusinesses on trial for dyeing a swathe of the
Gulf of Mexico with a nasty, smelly, sticky, viscous black substance
crude oil. The crime they are accused of is Ecocide. Are they guilty
or not guilty, as pure as the unsullied snow or as impure as its
begrimed, slushy
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All days are something days. The one I am writing this on is National
Poetry Day. Which is why I have been inspired to ask the question:
there any poetry (apart from children’s poems) concerned with
sustainability issues?" Of course there’s plenty of nature poetry -
oodles and
squillions of it â€" about all aspects of landscape, about the flora
and the fauna, about man’s relationship with nature. But what about
poetry of recycling, carbon emissions, renewable energy, public
transport, environmental grants, ecological footprints? How short is
this article
going to be!
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..Climate changes. A bit of a stretch from Kelly and Ozzy who seem to
love each other very much. What about how much do you love this wee
planet we
inhabit? The Scottish Government has just announced another extension
of the climate challenge fund at a steady £10million per annum
available in
grants for the next 3-4 years. There is even something specific in
there for you youngsters out there. It is open for business...
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Well not really but Social Return on Investment, you know you've heard
a lot about it, maybe a way that you can provide a recognisable value
for the
work you do. Still you many...like me...still be puzzling over what it
is and more importantly trying to fathom out how to do it. The Social
Return on
Investment Network is running a series of 2 day training events across
the UK. It could be for you..if you have a fair few bob to spare.
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A torrent of junkmail tumbles regularly through the average letterbox
â€" charity draws, hearing aids, insurance, credit cards, supermarket
half-price sofas. And then there’s the plastic bags â€" sometimes
two or three in a week â€" inviting you to place clothes and other
in them to be collected for charity. And, judging by the bags I see
placed out for collection, quite a few people respond. Some of these
are legitimate. Some are dodgy. And some are outright bogus conning scams.
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You might have a great idea right know or you might be inspired to
think of one given the opportunity to get up to £10,000 to make it
happen before
the end of 2011. Applications for Cycling Scotland’s Cycle Friendly
& Sustainable Communities Fund are now being welcomed. Grants of up
£10,000 are available to community-led projects aiming to increase
the number of trips made by bicycle.
* Read more... (

Please remember that Sustainable Scotland is open for you to publish
content on any aspect of sustainable development in Scotland, and
which you think
would be useful for others to see. This facility is open to registered
users. If you have not already registered, you can find a link on the
page, beneath the log in box.

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