Art Meets Sustainability

From TED In a mind-bending talk that blurs the line between science and art, Tomás Saraceno exhibits a series of air-inspired sculptures and installations designed to usher in a new era of sustainability, the “Aerocene.” From giant, cloud-like playgrounds suspended 22 meters in the air to a balloon sculpture that travels the world without burning a single drop of fossil fuel, Saraceno’s work invites us to explore the bounds of our fragile human and terrestrial ecosystems. (In Spanish with English subtitles.)  

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2nd Tweet of the day

Sorry couldn’t resist reposting 🤸🤸 “In the sea, cold and blue” Thanks to Iona for her beautiful illustrated poem about seals and pollution… #NationalPoetryDay #MPAsWork pic.twitter.com/xMTwHTInfD — Arran Coast (@ArranCoast) September 28, 2017  

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Al Gore – in conversation

In his own words The climate crisis offers us the chance to experience what very few generations in history have had the privilege of knowing: a generational mission I am a big podcast fan and recently listened to Al Gore talking to two podcasters, Russell Brand and Frank Skinner as part of his campaign tour for his new film “An inconvenient sequel – truth to power”.  Enjoy🎙️ Frank Skinner in Conversation with Al Gore, Absolute Radio, 15th August 2017 (45 minutes) Under the Skin with Russell Brand – Can We Protect The Planet When It’s Not In The Interests Of The Powerful? (34 minutes)

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Restitch in Fife

We have been working with some great groups of young people in South West Fife over the last 12 months,  all thanks to the funding we received from the People’s Postcode Lottery Trust. The Restitch project has been busy working away on quite a few different reusing/upcycling items, from making bags out of tee-shirts, to making Christmas decorations and getting to grips with how to use a sewing machine. All the groups that we have worked with have just been a delight: we have been impressed with their creative skills and loved their enthusiasm for making things.  

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Today We Are Checking Out the Ethical Fashion “Spring” Sales :)

We love the sales that come along as the seasons change.  Its the perfect time to pick up some bargains which makes it much easier on the purse, allowing us to do abit more “investing” in our ethical wardrobes. UK ethical fashion brands have really solid offerings in terms of quality and style.  You can now choose some great pieces that work equally well for the office and for “going out” occasions. We recommend subscribing to newsletters so you that you can keep an eye on sale times 🙂  People Tree ( a great range), Bibico (great jumpers & dresses, Nancy Dee (perfect dresses), Howies (for more a more sporty look, together with Finisterre (an eco outdoor /surf brand).  And our long firm favourite Kuyichi, for great denim and organic tees.

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#WhyNoVisa – the crude treatment of Palestinian Fairtrade Farmers during Fairtrade Fortnight 2017

This morning I checked my emails as usual – clicked on Zatoun’s newsletter and expected to hear about all their “meet the producer” activities during Fairtrade Fortnight this year.  [Zatoun work with different Palestinian producers to export their goods to the UK and create demand for their artisianal goods.] Sadly all their well laid plans are out the window as the visas for Fairtrade producer Bassema Barahmeh and Canaan Fair Trade marketing assistant Lamis Zamzam were denied on the grounds of their insufficient personal income and the lack of family dependents that could prove sufficient “ties to their home country”.  This would have been Bassema and  Lamis’s first visit to the UK and they were attending events under a SUSY-funded project highlighting the social and solidarity economy, in partnership with Think Global, Waterford One World Centre and the Cooperative College. Despite having launched their application process before Christmas, and the decision having been made on 18th January, Bassema and Lamis were told they could not be informed of the final decision until 22 February, just two days before they were due to leave on their journey. This left them with no time to submit additional paperwork in support of their claim, and means they are […]

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Don’t Feed Exploitation – the new campaign for Fairtrade Fortnight 2017

Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 – from 27th February to 12th March. This year the Fairtrade Foundation have launched a clever & thought provoking campaign to highlight the hidden stories of how our food is produced and processed before it hits the shop shelves.  The campaign mission is clear & simple Millions of farmers in developing countries aren’t paid what they deserve. We’re working to change this. Please watch this clip 🙂    

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