First snow on Ben Wyvis - PM
Transition Black Isle is part of the worldwide Transition movement, and we see our role as helping Black Isle communities thrive in the face of climate change and disruption to global resources. Our activities include encouraging non-car travel, promoting energy saving measures, running community markets, supporting local food producers as well as helping people to grow more of their own food and to make their own compost.
As a partner in the Highland Community Waste Partnership, TBI is actively working with the community to reduce waste and consumption and increase reuse, repair and recycling.
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Private Sufficiency, Public Luxury
The monthly Black Isle Repair Café roams the community spaces of the Black Isle with the aim of making repair and reuse more accessible to residents.
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 early March.
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.
The Black Isle Larder website replaces an earlier 'Your Local Larder' booklet which had become out of date.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.
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.
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.
George Monbiot: Private Sufficiency, Public Luxury
In October 2020 George Monbiot delivered the 40th E.F. Schumacher lecture, on the topic
Private Sufficiency, Public Luxury: Land is the key to the transformation of society.
Tracing the concept of property rights to seventeenth-century philosopher John Locke, Monbiot wonders why it is possible to own land, and why it is so near-universally accepted that it is possible and reasonable for individuals and corporations to use their unequal wealth to acquire the exclusive right to the use of vast amounts of land and other property, and deny access to all others. He evokes the alternative lost and nearly-forgotten concept of the commons, and suggests that we should use control over the land - 'the ground on which we stand . . . as a basis for the wider democratization of society, the wider protection of our living planet, the wider sharing of the prosperity of our living planet and its natural wealth, not just within generations but between generations'.
It's quite a long read, but well worth while.
- Wednesday 13 December
- 19:30 Transition Together recruit and revive forum
- Thursday 14 December
- 19:00 GGFP film - 'Rooted: Growing a Local Ecosystem'
- Saturday 16 December
- 10:00 Culbokie Community Market
- Saturday 6 January
- 13:00 BLACK ISLE REPAIR CAFE Victoria Hall, Cromarty
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