The Poor Had No Lawyers- The theft of Scotland's Land and plans for it's return- Andy Wightman

posted 26 Nov 2011, 14:36 by Anne Thomas   [ updated 27 Nov 2011, 07:19 ]

 Andy Wightman has recently published a book by the same title. We're looking forward to welcoming him to Inverness. This book explains the historical background behind many of today's injustices. He is apparently a very entertaining speaker. 
Royal Highland Hotel, Inverness (next to train station) 7pm on 13th December. 

Keep the Heat in Campaign Launch Day

posted 11 Apr 2011, 02:03 by Anne Thomas   [ updated 10 Jun 2011, 07:57 ]

We are hoping that you can help us on Saturday with the first day of our 'Keep the Heat in Campaign'. I'll attach the poster. We also have a press release now which is attached. Please circulate. Hope to see you at 9.45am on Saturday at the Greenhouse, High St Dingwall.
If we get some of the shops to close their doors we could save up to 10 tonnes of carbon a year per shop so its a really fast way to make a difference.

 We would be happy for people to attend just the morning session if they cannot make the afternoon. We will provide tea, coffee and juice and basic lunch but it would be great if you can bring something local to share. Travel expenses can be reimbursed 
9.45 - registration at The Greenhouse (tea & coffee)
10.00 - presentation on campaign, discussion of methods and Q&A
11.00 - morning promotional session starts
12.30 - morning promotional session ends (lunch)
13.00 - feedback from morning session
13.30 - afternoon promotional session starts, with amendments as necessary
15.00 - afternoon promotional session ends, feedback from day's activities
15.30 - close

North Kessock Community Market

posted 7 Feb 2011, 13:47 by Anne Thomas

 Ron Gibson MSP will visit and the 'Local Larder' food directory for the Black Isle will be launched.
Next Market 26th February
  from 10 till 12 in North Kessock Village Hall
We helped set this up and run a swap your stuff stall and information stalls.
Followed at 12.30 by a Cooking with winter vegetables demo.

Age of Stupid Film Show Ardross

posted 11 Jan 2010, 04:37 by Anne Thomas   [ updated 5 Feb 2010, 03:10 ]

The Film Age of Stupid was Screened in Ardross on 28th January. We sold 20 tickets and covered our costs.

We had lots of positive feedback. (see below)


The hard-hitting film from McLibel director Franny Armstrong was very powerful

 About the Film

The Age Of Stupid dramatises a future where the warnings of climate

change were not heeded.

Oscar nominated Pete Postlethwaite, who starred in Brassed Off and In

the Name of the Father, plays a global archivist living in 2055. He

takes audiences back through news clips and personal docu-stories from

2004 - 2008 wondering why we didn't stop global warming when we had a



“The stakes are very, very high,” Mr Postlethwaite said. “They really

are through the roof. So when I looked at the subject and what the

film is trying to do, there was no option really, I had to do it.”


The worldwide premiere of the Age of Stupid in September attracted

mass audiences across six continents and the film has been nominated

for a string of awards, including best documentary at the British

Independent Film Awards.

After the screening we will had an open discussion which will give people a chance to air their thoughts on the film and find out more about acting locally on the issues raised and asked people to fill in feedback forms.

See also the Age of Stupid website and links there to the 10:10 campaign. (Saving 10% of our Carbon Emissions in 2010).  Friends of the Earth Scotland have a showing licence for Age of Stupid for a year so let me know if you have a group you'd like us to show it to.
We're hoping to have another film show soon at Ardross.

Responses to 'What will I do?'

Several people mentioned using the car less.
Perhaps linking up local people so that they can car share or using websites such as would help this. Maybe also writing to bus companies to ask them to improve their service and working out how to make use of the public transport service available possibly by doing part of the journey by car.

Other suggestions

  • use less energy at home
  • don't buy packaged food (local food challenge about to be launched by Transition Black Isle
  • write letters to oil companies and parliament
  • encourage more offshore wind farms and waver power farms
  • Change starts within- helping myself and others to achieve this
  • find out how to compost cooked food   (see for advice)
  • grow food again- (Transition Black Isle are hoping to run courses this year for those wanting to learn how to grow their own in our climate. Contact if you're interested)
  • recycling
  • energy saving
  • get people to wake up and change their lifestyle
  • buy less consumables
  • use less electrical goods
  • Educate my children to re-cycle and remind them how lucky they are so they should learn to care for others especially when there is an earthquake like Haiti.
Question Are earthquakes caused by global warming?

Answer.There seems to be some evidence for increased geological activity generally due to climate change as melting ice and increase in weight in seas re-distributes weight on the earth's crust. Last time there was a major warming millions of years ago there were more earthquakes etc. but the particular one in Haiti had been expected for 250 years as its right on the fault line. Haiti has been severely over-populated so that it was an environmental disaster even before the earth-quake compared with its neighbour the Dominican Republic as they cut down a lot of the trees for firewood and then the soil got washed away and this will no doubt have exacerbated the effects of the earthquake. Lets hope it is re-built in a more sustainable way. Friends of the Earth have a team there and have been asking for donations.

Responses to 'what should the community do?'

  • Use more solar panelling
  • share cars
  • campaign for better public transport
  • eco activities with children
  • plant trees


The Energy Crunch

posted 11 Jan 2010, 04:35 by Anne Thomas

Charles Kennedy MP and energy campaigner Mandy Meikle will be the
special guests at ‘Energy Crunch’ at Fortrose Town Hall next Saturday
(16 January) from 11am to 12:30pm.  
During the free event Dr Meikle will outline some of the challenges
posed by peak oil - the point at which global oil production reaches a
maximum and availability begins to decline.
“People are increasingly becoming aware of the urgent need to cut
carbon dioxide to combat man-made climate change,” explained Dr
Meikle. “The other side of the coin, which is less frequently
highlighted, is that we cannot carry on burning fossil fuels at an
ever increasing rate because, quite simply, we do not have enough.
“It’s not about oil and gas running out as such, but we have to
prepare for the day when supply fails to meet demand - and that day
may be sooner than we think. We cannot continue to believe that
perpetual growth can carry on while vital resources are becoming
“Energy costs are going  to soar,” Dr Meikle added. “And if energy
costs rise, the price of everything rises - not just heat and
electricity but transport, construction and food. We have to prepare
for the coming energy crisis. Transition Towns are one of the few
movements to actually understand the impacts of peak oil and climate
Mr Kennedy, the Liberal Democrat MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber,
said: "After the year we've just had, and in the midst of a prolonged
cold snap, the huge importance of energy in our day-to-day lives has
rarely been more apparent.
"Rural communities and the rural economy are potentially very
vulnerable to long term upward trends in energy prices.  It is both
morally and practically urgent that we find ways to lower our reliance
on fossil fuels.   
“Transition Black Isle is doing excellent work bringing this issue to
the heart of public debate, so that people in Ross and Cromarty can
have an active role in understanding the challenges we face and
finding answers for our future."
There will be a chance to quiz the speakers and Transition Black Isle
energy convener Martin Sherring during an open questions and answers
session, and audience members are invited to stay on for a chat and
£2.50 lunch, including soup and home baking.
For further information see or e-mail:

Climate Question Time

posted 6 Dec 2009, 15:48 by Anne Thomas

Why not go along to Fortrose Theatre at Fortrose Academy to join the Climate Question Time on Thursday 10th Novemeber
Organised by Transition Black Isle

Climate Question Time


Floods, farming, food, energy, transport, business, nature - climate change isn’t just for world leaders to deal with - its impacts are already beginning to bite in the Highlands.


As politicians meet in Copenhagen to thrash out an international deal to curb man-made global warming, the spotlight will turn on the Black Isle. Here communities face challenges ranging from rising sea levels to food security issues and fuel poverty.


You are invited to explore these issues and their implications at a unique Climate Change Question Time in Fortrose Theatre on Thursday 10 December at 7:30pm.


Chaired by TV journalist Louise Batchelor, this Transition Black Isle event will feature questions from audience members from all walks of life and organisations. Local young people will also put questions from Fortrose Academy.


The final line up for the panel will include Inverness businessman David Sutherland, Green Party candidate Eleanor Scott and a director from NFU Scotland.  We are currently seeking questions from both individuals and on behalf of local organisations to be asked on the night and would greatly appreciate your input.


Questions should be submitted by 5pm on 2 December 2009 by e-mail to: or in writing to:  Wendy Price, Pollbreac, North Kessock, Inverness IV13XQ.


Please include your full name, telephone number, where you are from, if you represent any particular organisation and your position within it and - if you want - your age. Please note we may not have time for all the suggestions but will let you know the day before if your question has been shortlisted.


The panel event will be followed by an opportunity for informal discussion over refreshments.


This event has been made possible with the generous assistance of the Highland Council, Fortrose Academy  and the Climate Challenge Fund.  CLH Solar have also sponsored us.


We look forward to receiving your questions and to seeing you there on the night.


Message In a Bottle Support Climate Justice Demo

posted 27 Oct 2009, 08:46 by Anne Thomas

10-3 14th November

behind Marks and Sparks on High St

Bring plastic bottles you have collected to add to Russel and Tommy's fantastic wave sculpture and
get the public to put their messages in to send to Copenhagen

North Kessock Community Market

posted 27 Oct 2009, 08:34 by Anne Thomas

Market Saturday 31st October
28th November 10-12

Friends of the Earth Swap your stuff stall
Collecting Plastic Bottles for 'Message in a bottle' Climate Justice' demo on 14th November.


posted 28 Apr 2009, 16:00 by Daniel Thomas

film and discussion at North Kessock Primary School,
This film was enjoyed by a lot of children and some parents. Discussion focussed on how to improve the school grounds e.g. by making willow wigwams and growing herbs. We also talked about setting up a farmer's market in North Kessock.

The Age Of Stupid

posted 28 Apr 2009, 15:59 by Daniel Thomas

We supported the showing of this film at Vue and Eden Court with stalls together with other local environmental groups at each showing.
 Running Time 92 mins   Age of Stupid website  Director: Franny Armstrong
Starring: Pete Postlethwaite
Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite (Usual Suspects, Brassed Off) stars as a man living alone in the devastated world of 2055, looking back at "archive" footage from 2007 and asking: why didn't we stop climate change when we had the chance?
This is no longer showing at Eden Court however it is still showing in other parts of the country, it is very good.

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