Monday, April 07, 2014

Re-posting: Concerned Communities of Falkirk

Community Council Ceilidh 26th April
As part of the fundraising efforts towards the costs of the Public Inquiry, Concerned Communities of Falkirk (CCoF) with the help of Larbert, Stenhousemuir and Torwood Community Council have arranged a family ceilidh. 

It will be a great night and a chance for the community to get together. The details are as follows:
• Date: Saturday 26th April 2014
• Start Time: 7.30pm.
• Venue: Plough Hotel, Stenhousemuir
• Tickets: £10 per person or £25 for family tickets. Children are very welcome.
• Band: The “Houseband”: Susan Appelbe, Rory Clark, Gordon Clarke and Suzanne Bell (all music graduates and music teachers in the Falkirk area)
• Food: Buffet will be provided

If you would like to order tickets for the ceilidh, please e-mail the Community Council as soon as possible as numbers are limited on

If you can offer a raffle prize then please get in touch with us, or with the Community Council.

CCof are continuing to raise funds to fight Dart Energy's application to frack for gas in Labert and Airth and are the first group in the UK to challenge the big drilling company legally through the courts. To find out more and to keep abreast of what is happening with the trial please click here.

To donate and help why not purchase local Scottish band's LP for CCof - more info here.

To find out more about what is fracking please click here and here too

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

April's Fool!

Update - as some might of suspected this is an innocent enough April's Foll - although Rowan and the song are real and this wee trick has inspired her to think of doing something similar for real - also the Beacons book is real and available to buy and the fact that art and culture have a part to play in passing on the message of climate change and how we can adapt are all too important too! Happy April's Fool! 

Am happy to share the news of a very talented friend, Rowan Rheingans who has announced her solo album 'The Spectacle Bear' will be out this summer.

The album has the backing of the World Land Trust (WLT) who so conservation work, in particular in the rainforest of Equador and Columbia which is where the endangered spectacle bear lives. The album is a collection of songs and spoken word about what might become of these beautiful creatures should the rainforest disappear. David Attenborough who is patron of WLT has said " We have for so long needed a collection of songs which draw on world folk music traditions as well as the struggles of various endangered species of tropical bear. I'm incredibly excited that it's finally here."

You can hear the first track which is called 'Different Worlds' on Soundcloud or by clicking here. The song is actually about a brown bear who lives in the coniferous forests and wood-clad mountains of Scandinavia.

If you're wondering what a Spectacle Bear is - here's one! Why not find out more about them by clicking here.

Also in the same vein of art and conservation, if you haven't read it or heard about it yet, why not check out Stop Climate Chaos' publication Beacons: stories for our not so distant future, where 21 storytellers have come together to address the problem of climate change in a creative manner. Find out more by clicking here.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Re-posting: Friends of the Earth Scotland

Ask your MSPs to ban dirty gas now !

Unconventional gas is unsafe and unnecessary. Evidence from other countries shows there are inherent risks to human health and the environment from shale gas fracking and coalbed methane drilling, and the last thing the climate needs is more dirty fossil fuels

Yet vast swathes of central Scotland 
are earmarked for this kind of controversial gas exploration and development, and we are just about to fight a public inquiry to stop Australian firm Dart Energy drilling dozens of coalbed methane wells at Airth, near Falkirk - the most advanced dirty gas proposal in the UK. 

But the good news is that we have a crucial opportunity to stop unconventional gas before it really gets going. 

Although much of the responsibility for determining Scotland’s energy future – including unconventional gas licensing – is reserved to Westminster, the Scottish Government can use planning powers to prevent fracking and other risky techniques from taking place in Scotland.

Thanks to many of you taking our previous action we have already had some success - the new draft planning policy for Scotland proposes buffer zones between onshore gas developments and communities.  Because gas resources are located in the most populated part of the country,if these zones were big enough they would make sure that the industry was simply not economically viable here.  But the policy could go even further and just ban shale gas and coalbed methane outright.

These planning policies are going to be debated in the Scottish Parliament in less than two weeks

Please email your Members of the Scottish Parliament now and ask them to help get dirty gas banned.  

Please help us kill dirty gas before it gets going.

For more information and to take action please CLICK HERE