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Wassail singing workshop

There will be a singing work­shop to learn some tra­di­tional and some new was­sail­ing songs for the PEDAL was­sail on Wednesday 15th January at 7.00 – 9.00pm at 7 Rosefield Avenue.  Cost £5 per per­son to raise money for the orch­ard.  All wel­come — songs will be taught by ear so no singing exper­i­ence or abil­ity to read music required.  Children and young people wel­come provid­ing they are able to con­cen­trate and join in. Please con­tact Jane Lewis if you wish to come.


Sorry  today’s event is unfor­tu­nately can­celled due to per­sist­ent rain.

You are all invited to the was­sail at PEDAL’s Donkeyfield Community Orchard on Saturday 25th January at 2pm — 4pm.

January is was­sail­ing time.  This is tra­di­tion­ally the time for singing rowdy songs in orch­ards to cel­eb­rate the har­vest from the pre­vi­ous year, chase away evil spir­its and so ensure a good crop in the com­ing sea­son.  Please bring noise mak­ing equip­ment (drums, whistles, pans), bread to hang on the trees, apple juice to soak the bread in, and wear scary clothes if you wish, to scare away any evil spir­its that may be lurking…

There will be a singing work­shop to learn some tra­di­tional was­sail­ing songs for the PEDAL was­sail on Wednesday 15th January at 7.00 – 9.00pm at 7 Rosefield Avenue.  Cost £5/£3 per per­son to raise money for the orch­ard.  All wel­come — songs will be taught by ear so no singing exper­i­ence or abil­ity to read music required.  Children and young people wel­come provid­ing they are able to con­cen­trate and join in. Please con­tact Jane Lewis if you wish to come.

PEDAL’s AGM: Jan 22nd 7.30 – 9.30pm, St. James’ Church Hall, Rosefield Place

Local micro­bi­o­lo­gist Dr Lorna Fyfe will be telling us about her recent research which revealed some amaz­ing qual­it­ies in our local honey.  We’ll also have a run down of what’s happened over the past year and some of our plans for next year.

If you’ve been involved in any of the work­ing groups or are keen to get stuck in to some prac­tical pro­ject work, please do con­sider apply­ing to become a board mem­ber.  Fill in the nom­in­a­tion form below and send it to Neil, our sec­ret­ary before the 5th of January (his con­tact details are on the form).

PEDAL dir­ector nom­in­a­tion form

Nature is not for sale, 21st November, 6.30pm, St Augustine’s Church, George IV Bridge

WDM Edinburgh is hold­ing the Forum on Natural Commons to stand up to global fin­ance and share ideas to pro­tect the our nat­ural world for the bene­fit of all.

Why? Because the United Nations, gov­ern­ments and global fin­an­cial insti­tu­tions will be meet­ing at the same time in Edinburgh to plan how to put a price on nature so it can be bought and sold as a com­mod­ity.  So far this prac­tice has utterly failed to stop the destruc­tion of our forests, cli­mate and biod­iversity.  That’s why we’re com­ing together to dis­cuss altern­at­ives to selling off the global commons.

We’ll be shar­ing good food and ideas with some of the worlds lead­ing thinkers on rad­ical global eco­sys­tem pro­tec­tion, includ­ing Brazilian act­iv­ist Camila Moreno, with more speak­ers to be announced.

A light din­ner will also be provided.  You can take part on 21 November by regis­ter­ing for free on our web­site now:

Augustine United Church
41 George IV Bridge
EH1 1EL Edinburgh

Apple Day 2013

Orchard-poster-Apple-Day-20PEDAL is hold­ing its fourth apple day cel­eb­ra­tion on Saturday 26 October from 2 – 4.30 pm at the Donkeyfield Community Orch­ard, Brunstane Road South.  We will be press­ing apples to make our own deli­cious juice — please bring a bottle to take some away in.  We also hope to have some of our own tasty apples for you to taste.  There will be a bon­fire, refresh­ments and home bak­ing, plus fun and games (includ­ing apple dook­ing and bat the rat!).

Please bring any spare apples you may have.

  • Wear fancy dress!
  • Bring a Porty grown apple and show it off
  • Also apple juice & home bak­ing to buy.

All wel­come — we hope you can join us.

Orchard poster Apple Day 2013

Workshop with Charles Eisenstein, 10-5pm, 16th November, Serenity Cafe, Edinburgh

Charles Eisenstein will be vis­it­ing Scotland for the first time in November 2013.
He will be offer­ing two pub­lic lec­tures – one in St Andrews and another in Edinburgh; one full day train­ing event in Edinburgh; an open-meeting in Findhorn Comunity; he will also be a guest speaker at a train­ing course at Findhorn Community, ‘Transition to Resilience’

The aim is to make these events access­ible to as many people as pos­sible, and through­out Charles will dis­cuss the var­ied aspects of his work, his philo­sophies and the ideas behind his latest book out in November called ‘The more beau­ti­ful world our hearts know is possible’

Full details of all events here: http://char­le­sei­s­en­steins­cot­land­

One day work­shop — 16th Nov 10 — 5pm, Serenity Cafe Edinburgh
This work­shop will has extremely lim­ited seat­ing and will be of par­tic­u­lar interest to change agents, per­ma­cul­ture prac­ti­tion­ers, earth act­iv­ists, trans­ition work­ers, com­munity work­ers and folks engaged in work designed to enrich not just their lives, but the wider Earth community.

Our planet, our bod­ies, our very lives have come to us as a gift. Having “earned” none of these things, our nat­ural tend­ency is toward grat­it­ude and the desire to give in turn, to serve some­thing greater than ourselves. But we all have habits and beliefs that inter­fere with fully liv­ing in the gift. In this gath­er­ing, we will clear those block­ages so that we can be more effect­ive as change agents. Through dia­log and exper­i­en­tial pro­cesses, we will dis­cover keys to liv­ing in a state of flow, to giv­ing and receiv­ing more fully, and cre­at­ing things bey­ond our under­stand­ing of cause and effect.

Full details here: http://char­le­sei­s­en­steins­cot­land­
Bookings now being taken, tick­ets: http://char­le­sei­s­en­steinonedaytrain­

Edinburgh even­ing talk plus Q & A ses­sion with Charles Eisenstein, 17 Nov 7 — 8.45pm, Serenity Cafe, Edinburgh

Sacred Economics
We live in an abund­ant world. why do we exper­i­ence such scarcity, anxi­ety and insec­ur­ity around money? Why are we driv­ing the planet to ruin and how can we change course? Join the vis­ion­ary author Charles Eisenstien for an explor­a­tion of prac­tical solu­tions, start­ing on the per­sonal level and extend­ing to the polit­ical. At stake in today’s crisis, says Charles, is noth­ing less than the driv­ing nar­rat­ives of our civil­isa­tion. Everything is chan­ging — includ­ing our rela­tion­ships, our world­view, our inner lives, as well as our social and eco­nomic sys­tems.
Date: Sunday 17th Nov
Time: 7 — 8.45pm
Bookings now being taken, tick­ets: http://char­le­sei­s­en­steined­in­

Feeding the 5,000: 12-4pm, 5th October, Bristo Square and Potterrow

On Saturday 5th October, in Edinburgh’s Bristo Square, 5,000 people will be invited to share a deli­cious free meal from ingredi­ents that might oth­er­wise have been thrown away.

 Time: October 5, 2013 from 12pm to 4pm
Location: Bristo Square and Potterrow
Organized By: Nourish Scotland

Event Description:
On Saturday 5th October, in Edinburgh’s Bristo Square, 5,000 people will be invited to share a deli­cious free meal cre­ated by volun­teers, celebrity chefs and com­munity groups from ingredi­ents that might oth­er­wise have been thrown away. The meal will be served between noon and 4pm. 
This will be the very first time that Scotland has hos­ted a Feeding the5000 event ( and fol­lows events in cit­ies around the world includ­ing London, Sydney and New York.
This event is being co-ordinated by Nourish Scotland in close co-operation with sev­eral part­ners includ­ing the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Students’ Association , the City of Edinburgh Council and Zero Waste Scotland.
The fest­ival will raise the public’s aware­ness of the whole food agenda and provide every­one with an oppor­tun­ity to con­trib­ute to a big con­ver­sa­tion about what sort of food strategy we would like for Edinburgh in the com­ing years and dec­ades. 
You can find out more about Edible Edinburgh at:
If you would like to volun­teer, there are 3 dif­fer­ent volun­teer­ing oppor­tun­it­ies. Please apply through EUSA’s volun­teer­ing web­site to the volun­teer role that you would like to take on using the links below.
NOTE: If you are not a stu­dent at the University of Edinburgh then you will NOT be able to apply through EUSA volun­teer­ing web­site but look at the dif­fer­ent roles lis­ted and instead please with a short applic­a­tion includ­ing your:

Which role you are inter­ested in
Availability for that role
Whether you can attend the train­ing if applic­able for that role
E-mail address
Phone num­ber.

3 Volunteer Roles:
Social researcher -
Steward -
Practical volun­teer (set­ting up the event) -
If you need fur­ther inform­a­tion about the event, please email
We hope that you will join us on 5th October in Bristo Square for this excit­ing event!

See more details and RSVP on Nourish Scotland:

Apple Festival, 12-4pm, 6th October at the Botanics

Apple Festival

From 12.00 noon — 4.00 pm at the John Hope Gateway

An annual cel­eb­ra­tion of apples. The Saturday will fea­ture apple advice and iden­ti­fic­a­tion from 10am whilst the Sunday will include apple juice tast­ing. See and taste a wide selec­tion of apple vari­et­ies from 12pm both days, and find out how to grow them yourself.

This event is also run­ning from 10am — 4pm on Saturday 5 October.

With the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society.

Bill McKibben is talking on Fossil Fuel Divestment in Edinburgh, 30th October

 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 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
Mound Pl 

Here’s the link to book a ticket:

Talk: The Intertwined World of “Peak” Oil, Renewables and Sustainability by Dr Michael Shaver

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.
Please note:
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: