The CommonSpace Editorial Team
Open Letter: Expand and Strengthen Freedom of Information Legislation
The following open letter, submitted by Severin Carrell, Rob Edwards, James McEnaney, Ally Tibbitt and 36 others to the Public Audit and Post Legislative Scrutiny Committee in its call for evidence for its review of the 2002 Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act, is being published jointly by CommonSpace and The Ferret. The deadline for submissions to the Committee has been extended to 21 June.
CS Letters: From words to actions on Climate Emergency
CommonSpace has run a week of coverage on the Climate Emergency from 28-31 May
THANKS to the many contributors to our special week of coverage on turning words into actions on the Climate Emergency. It’s clear that there is a new energy around the issue of climate change that is inspiring people to think and write in a new way about the enormous challenge Scotland and the world faces.
SRM: A climate geoengineering 'distraction', or 'crazy not to take it seriously'?
Mikey Jarrell (@MikeyJarrell), freelance science communicator and writer, examines the tension in the scientific community over SRM, a climate geo-engineering technique which is moving towards the spotlight
THE emerging field of solar radiation management (SRM) suggests an unorthodox solution to climate meltdown, but at an ethical price. While many researchers have said that they wish they weren’t involved, their work could be key to the survival of our ecosystem.
Ander Larunbe: The view from the Basque pro-independence left in a year of elections
Ander Larunbe looks at the spate of recent elections in the Basque Country, and the strong performance of the Basque pro-independence leftist coalition EH Bildu
THE YEAR 2019 has been marked by electoral cycles in the Basque Country: a Spanish General Election in April, regional elections, local elections and European Parliament elections in May.
Anaïs Ortega Druml: Artivism at the Lebanese-Syrian border
‘What can we do when there is nothing to do, nothing but daily survival in an existence that is not really ours?’ Anaïs Ortega Druml, a PhD researcher in art, activism and migration at the University of Lausanne, explains how cultural projects in Bekaa, Lebanon seek to support Syrian refugees cope with “pervasive emptiness”
Neil Clapperton: How our Housing Association is responding to Climate Emergency in the oil capital of Europe
Contributing to our week of special coverage on Climate Emergency, Neil Clapperton, CEO of Grampian Housing Association, explains what they are doing to reduce the price of electricity for households, and why it could be a model to follow for the whole of the North-East of Scotland
COMMONSPACE’s climate change theme is targets (and rhetoric) to action, and I’d like to use this space to be a bit provocative, especially as I work in the self-styled oil capital of Europe.
WATCH: The drastic adaptation to climate change we need
CommonSpace spoke to Paul Cockshott, Scottish computer scientist, Marxist economist and a reader at the University of Glasgow, about the drastic ways we need to adapt to the impacts of climate change, and the strategy needed for an economic model that can cope with these changes.
PAUL COCKSHOTT speaks about the main changes: food, fuel, fire and flood.
Ian McCall: The Infrastructure Commission for Scotland and Climate Emergency
Contributing to our week of special coverage on the Climate Emergency, Ian McCall, senior development officer at Paths for All, says the Scottish Government’s new Infrastructure Commission should have walking, cycling and sustainable travel at its heart
Richard Lane: The sanctity of growth is blocking our future
Contributing to our special week of coverage on the Climate Emergency, Richard Lane from Extinction Rebellion Glasgow says that if the economic bottom line continues to be growth, climate action will not get close to tackling the extent of the ecological crisis we face
Helen Smith: If this is a Climate Emergency, developers can no longer be allowed to destroy natural habitats
Helen Smith, activist with OpenNess in Inverness, contributes to our special week of coverage on Climate Emergency by looking at how the planning system currently does little to prevent the destruction of natural habitats, and offers proposals for a transparent decision-making process on new developments.