Centre for Alternative Technology
The need to inspire, inform and enable humanity to respond to the climate and biodiversity crisis has never been more urgent, and it's vital that communities, businesses, policymakers and individuals have the knowledge, skills and confidence to take effective action on proven solutions.
You can read about some of the ways that CAT is helping to make this happen in our 2020-21 Annual Review - all made possible by you, our supporters.
Annual Review highlights include
- Welcoming the BBC's Autumnwatch and Winterwatch to their Welsh base at the CAT eco centre
- Launching #CATatHome, ensuring we could continue to share climate solutions during lockdowns and beyond
- Enrolling a record number of students on our postgraduate courses
- Developing the Zero Carbon Britain Hub and Innovation Lab
- Publishing out five year strategy, showcasing CAT's refreshed vision, mission and future plans.
Carbon Copy - climate / environment group umbrella organisation
The main purpose of Carbon Copy seems to be to provide a UK-wide platform for community and environmental groups to showcase their projects. Their website states
Our aim is to inspire more individuals to take collective action where they live to address the environment and climate crisis. We can build something better by working together in local communities, councils and companies – because a cleaner, fairer future is within everyone’s reach if we know where to look.
Projects from around the UK are presented under the headings Energy, Buildings, Circular Economy, Transport, Nature and Land Use. Food and Growing would seem to be a useful addition to the list.
The only Highland project listed is Raasay Community Renewables, but others in Scotland include
An interesting food and growing project/business building and selling 'indoor growing spaces' in the north of England is
District Eating in Barnsley (under 'buildings').
Skye Climate Action
Working together for a climate-friendly Skye by reducing Skye’s carbon footprint and preparing for the changes that are happening to our climate.
Skye Climate Action is a collaborative network set up to share information, provide support and link up people and groups on Skye and nearby who are taking action on the Climate Emergency.
Whether you are taking a personal stand or are joining with others, whether on issues of food, transport, plastics, building, energy or anything else, please drop us an email to tell us what you are doing so we can share your story and inspire others.
We are holding Climate Fèis: Skye, Raasay and Lochalsh in August, in the run up to The COP26 conference in Glasgow in November.
Planet Sutherland newsletter and thoughts on Resilience
Planet Sutherland is not a Transition group but has an ethos, objectives and activities very similar to ours, and shares some of the difficulties we are familiar with, in operating in an even bigger and more thinly populated area than the Black Isle.
"If I'd had £1 this month for all the discussions I've had on the meaning of "Resilience".. well I'd be rich for sure...."
In the November 2020 issue of Planet Sutherland's newsletter, Anna Patfield gives some thoughtful reflections on what we mean by 'Resilience'.
All Planet Sutherland's newsletters and blogs can be found at News / Planet Sutherland newsletters and blog
Scottish Environment Link
Scottish Environment LINK is the forum for Scotland’s voluntary environment community, with over 40 member bodies representing a broad spectrum of environmental interests with the common goal of contributing to a more environmentally sustainable society. We are a Scottish Charity (SC000296) and a Scottish Company Limited by guarantee (SC250899), core funded by Membership Subscriptions and by grants from NatureScot, Scottish Government and Charitable Trusts.
We facilitate change: we build collaboration, and support and enable partnership working to add value for the environment through leadership and engagement. As the voice for Scotland’s environment, the LINK network exists to support our members in making change happen on the ground for a healthier environment, healthier societies and a healthier planet.
LINK launched its strategy for 2020-2024 on 6 March, read more about it here.
Recognition for the Shieling Project Strathfarrar
The Shieling Project has been named as Environmental Social Enterprise of the Year by Social Enterprise Awards Scotland.
The Shieling Project is an off-grid learning centre based in Glen Strathfarrar, near Beauly in the Highlands of Scotland. The project is all about outdoor living – from looking after our livestock to making real buildings, from weaving baskets to making burgers from the meat we have raised here. The tradition of the shieling where folk lived outdoors all summer herding the cattle, gives us a window onto the past, but also helps us look forward to a sustainable future.
Wild Things at Findhorn
Wild things! is an award winning environmental education charity based in Findhorn, on the magnificent Moray Firth, in Scotland. We provide inspiring wilderness, nature based, and outdoor learning experiences for all ages and abilities. We have courses and activities suitable for all, regardless of learning challenges, physical difficulties, financial constraints…or even a fear of spiders!
Nairn River Enterprise and Green Hive
Check out this group with similar aims and activities to TBI's at
Highland Environment Forum
The Highland Environmental Forum (HEF) was established to provide an arena for discussion, networking and action on environmental subjects, and to raise awareness and promote good practice on environmental issues.
We hold two full Forum meetings a year, organise annual biodiversity and invasive species conferences, and set up working groups as required.
Highland Biodiversity Partnership
The Highland Biodiversity Partnership comprises around 30 representatives of local groups and key organisations committed to understanding, safeguarding, restoring and celebrating biodiversity within the Highland Council area.
Its purpose is to provide guidance and support to the existing network of local biodiversity groups, and to make progress on the key strategic biodiversity issues in the Highlands.
Since the Highland Biodiversity Project was started in 2002, over £700,000 of new funding has been spent on biodiversity action and planning in Highland. Over two thirds of this money was targeted towards local biodiversity projects. Seven Local Biodiversity Action Plans have been produced, over 130 projects delivered and over 250 awareness-raising events held across the seven LBAP areas.
Highland Biodiversity OfficersJanet Bromham and Jonathan Willet (job share)The Highland Council, Planning & Development ServiceGlenurquhart Road, Inverness IV3 5NX
Forth Environment Link
Forth Environment Link runs various projects including a food and growing project Grow Forth - "We want to see local food linked to every aspect of community life" - and the Stirling NeighbourFood online market. There is more about Grow Forth on our Food & Growing / Other Growing Groups and Courses page.
Other FEL groups and projects include Forth Valley Orchards, Stirling Cycle Hub, Cycle Stirling and Forth Upcycling Network - "Working with communities to reduce waste".
Lochaber Environmental Group
LEG aims to encourage the desire to take action on the environment locally and to help local communities and people to do this. The company runs various projects throughout Lochaber - including a Food Lochaber growing group and an online food market on the Open Food Network platform.http://lochaberenviro.org.uk/
Arran Eco Savvy
Arran is an island roughly the same size as the Black Isle, and Arran Eco Savvy is an organisation with very similar aims and activities to those of TBI and other Transition groups. Arran Eco Savvy showed interest in our Million Miles project of a few years ago, in relation to a similar 'Arran in Ten Years' sustainable transport project currently under way on the island. This includes an 'eBike Challenge' in conjunction with Home Energy Scotland, aimed at getting employers to persuade their employees to travel by bike rather than by car, a Liftshare scheme and production of an Active Travel Map.
- Wednesday 18 May
- 19:00 Transition summit - Create a thriving social economy
- 18:00 SCCAN 'Climate for Change' conversation
- 14:00 70th Anniversary of the Simon’s Loch Tragedy
- Thursday 19 May
- 19:00 Transition summit - Create a Regenerative and Fairer Food System
- 16:00 Carbon emissions – you, your home, your property – what can you do?
- Saturday 21 May
- 10:00 Grow North 2022 Workshop 3
- Saturday 28 May
- 10:30 BIHS Spring Plant Sale
- Monday 30 May
- NA Sociocracy Taster Webinar - Sociocracy for All
Events to add to calendar? Contact Us.
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