If it’s wrong to wreck the climate, then it’s wrong to profit from that wreckage.
We’re all connected to institutions that claim to be looking out for the public good, from local councils and governments, to universities, public banks and religious institutions. Many of these institutions, however, continue to support the fossil fuel industry whether we know it or not. Given that we have to leave 80% of the proven reserves of coal, oil and gas in the ground in order to avoid catastrophic changes to our climate, these institutions have a responsibility to stop supporting an industry whose business model is based on wrecking our future.
This autumn Bill McKibben, the 350.org crew, and a wide range of climate leaders will hit the road to help build a movement strong enough to change the terrifying maths of the climate crisis. The Fossil Free Europe Tour isn’t your typical lecture – it will include speakers from across social movements, powerful videos, and music from the ground-breaking artist Filastine. Grab a ticket and be part of a unique and complete experience, unlike any talk you’ve been to before.
7-10pm, 30th October,
Asembly Hall on the Mound
Here’s the link to book a ticket:
Please join us for the first Our Changing World Lecture, The Intertwined World of “Peak” Oil, Renewables and Sustainability by Dr Michael Shaver
on Tuesday, 24 September
from 18:30 to 20:30
Lecture Theatre 4, Appleton Tower
11 Crichton St
Our world depends upon energy — energy to drive our cars, energy to heat our homes, energy to transport our food, energy to fabricate our consumer goods. Our dependence upon petroleum resources, and the variable difficulty it takes to get these resources, will therefore have implications well beyond fuel prices.
In this lecture we will look at both petroleum resources and renewable feedstocks as sources of our chemical needs, and the relationship between energy and sustainability.
We will discover that the tools chemists have been inventing for centuries are now inadequate: using the field of polymer chemistry as an example we will examine the new paradigm of chemical sustainability.
Doors open at 6.15pm.
This event may be photographed and/or recorded for promotional or recruitment materials for the University and University approved third parties.
For any further information please contact the administrator: Lauren Sandford, Lauren [dot] Sandford [at] ed [dot] ac [dot] uk.
Book here: http://edinburgh-university-179-eanrec101.eventbrite.co.uk/?ref=eanrec101&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=attnews&utm_term=checkitout
Portobello Book Festival is with us again October 4th to 6th at both the Library and the Old Parish Church Hall on Belfield Street.
The line up is looking great, and includes:
Lesley Riddoch speaking on books that have inspired her at 2.15 upstairs in the Library on Sunday 6th. Lesley has herself just brought out an inspiring book — Blossom — on how we have been brought up to think we can’t make a difference to our local communities so there is no point taking action, and yet just how much inspiring local action is taking place across Scotland.
Andrew Whitley at 3.15 upstairs in the Library speaks on ‘Food for thought: Bread for life’ — his book Bread Matters is described as a practical manual and a bread revolution manifesto!
PEDAL will have a stall at the Village Fair 2-5pm on Sunday 8th September in Rosefield Park.
We encourage you to come and buy a T shirt or three, and maybe buy some plants and tools, and children are welcome to come and get their hair braided!
Please come and look around our award-winning site; relax in Midmar Café and enjoy delicious home baking and refreshments whilst taking in the beautiful views of Edinburgh. Fresh allotment produce, flowers, jams and preserves available. Try your luck in the tombola.
Open from 2-5pm
Saturday 24th August
Entry via two gates on Midmar Drive in South Edinburgh, EH10 6BU
Not so much Car Free Day as Bike Full Day — Sunday September 1st 2013!
Strictly Cycling (Raysto Images!
Strictly Cycling is an exciting new ‘cycle-about’ show combining improvisation, choreography and visual performance. The performance plays with the everyday events and experiences of riding a bike, adding a hint of the surreal and comical, to change the way you think about cycling and your city spaces.
Strictly Cycling is a strolling / cycling, promenade-style performance inspired by the flash mob phenomenon.
The performance will last about 30minutes. Then the company will take a break from 11.30 to 12.30 before setting off from the Cake stand on the Prom at the bottom of Marlborough Street to cycle along the promenade to Leith links, with as many cycle mob followers as feel like joining them! So come to the performance outside the Town Hall at 11am and
then join in for as much of the cycle ride along the Prom and then the cycle track to the Mela at Leith Links as you feel like.
Growing Change is a spirited film about the problems with the current food system and the food revolution taking place in Venezuela. Full of
inspiring characters, stunning landscapes and thought provoking insights into how we might transform our food system.
This will be followed by a discussion on how we might have our own local food revolution in Scotland: with Justin Kenrick and Eva Schonveld
from Transition Scotland, Mary Mulligan from Christian Aid and Jane Herbstritt from the World Development Movement.
Will the heat wave come to the market!? Who knows, but it doesn’t matter either way because there’s always a warm atmosphere and lots of fun to be had at the market.
There’ll be live music and face painting of course.
It’s been a great year so far for Portobello Market, and August looks like a bumper crop of traders, the most so far this year. We’ll even have a real espresso coffee van on site! Woohoo!
Our loyal regulars are there with their organic meats, breads, fruit & veg, oils, cheeses, candles, soaps and garden furniture, together with crafts, outdoor garden furniture, plants, natural remedies & therapies. The list goes on. Amazing variety!
Check out the PEDAL website for more details and for a full list of stallholders.
So come along between 9.30 and 1.30 at Brighton Park on Brighton Place, Portobello, and join in the fun.
29th June orchard 10.00 till 2.00pm
The summer pruning workshop will be led by David Catt From Borders Organic Gardening Group from 11.00am till 12.00pm. Teaching will be at 11.00 till noon. We are asking for a donation for the tuition (Around £5.00). This will go towards the cost of mowing the orchard. Bring gloves secateurs if you have them .
Join us on Weds 29th May 7pm
AT North Edinburgh Arts, 15a Pennywell Court, Edinburgh EH4 4TZ
It’s simple maths: we can emit 565 more gigatons of carbon dioxide and stay below 2°C of warming — anything more than that risks catastrophe for life on earth. The only problem? Burning the fossil fuel that corporations now have in their reserves would result in emitting 2,795 gigatons of carbon dioxide – five times the safe amount.
Fossil fuel companies are planning to burn it all — unless we rise up to stop them. Come and see the film that shows how to do it: Do the Math.