Friday, 27 November 2015

People's Climate March, Edinburgh

It's now or never for the planet. Details from
Saturday 28th November 2015, gather at 12 noon on The Meadows, Edinburgh

Join the worldwide movement marching for a better future.  Over the weekend of 28th and 29th November, people across the world will march for climate action: from Melbourne to Tokyo and from Mumbai to Buenos Aires. 
In the build up to the UN climate change negotiations in Paris, we are standing up for people affected by rising global temperatures and demanding that world leaders agree an ambitious deal.  
Recent tragic events in Paris mean that planned climate marches there have been cancelled.  So it's more important than ever that people across the world take to the streets in their own countries to call for climate action.  Join us in Edinburgh for Scotland's Climate March!
A low carbon society will create green jobs, improve our transport and food systems and protect our land, air and water.  Scotland needs to show its colours in Paris and beyond with strong action on climate change.
Wear your brightest colours as Scotland marches on this weekend of global action.
What to expect at Scotland's Climate March
11:00 Pre-march activities: join a church servicebanner-making workshop, recycled instrument workshop or music workshop see below for more information
12:00 Gather at The Meadows (near Middle-Meadow Walk)
12:30 March sets off: heading down Forrest Road, across George IV Bridge and then down the Mound
Once the march arrives at the Ross Bandstand in Princes Street Gardens (West) the rally will kick off.  The rally will be compered by actor and comedian, Hardeep Singh Kohli, and feature live music from Colonel Mustard & the Dijon 5 and Jo Mango and a great lineup of speakers, including young people, politicians, a crofter, a Filipino climate activist and more.
15:00 Rally ends
(Photo from People's Climate March, Edinburgh, September 2014.)

To prepare, have a look at Naomi Klein's This Changes Everything, a fantastic primer on the issues, the challenges, the failures and successes to date, and the way forward.

Monday, 16 November 2015

Varoufakis on Scotland

"London and southern England have moved away from the tradition that cemented Britain following the great war and the second world war, the one-nation tradition of a mixed economy combining free markets with a state sector that intervened, provided the national health service, and so on and so forth. That post-war concensus, from let's say 1920-something to 1974-75, has collapsed now and southern England has moved in a neo-liberal direction of its own. And if anything, Scotland has remained faithful to that tradition. You’ve got southern England effectively heading in its own direction away from that which created a one-nation consensus in Britain. So it’s they that are abandoning ship, not Scotland." — Yanis Varoufakis interview, 12 November 2015