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by Louise Allen and Jasmine Watterson, Surfers Against Sewage - 17:45 on 13 August 2020
When COVID-19 struck it soon became apparent that we would have to completely rethink our plans for the year. We started to re-imagine how we could continue to support our volunteers, members and communities whilst having maximum impact in our work for the future of the oceans. We have embraced digital communication methods to move our education programs online, supporting parents with home schooling. We moved our beach cleans to a digital Return To Offender campaign. We are lucky that we are relatively small and very agile, with supportive and knowledgeable trustees and an experienced leadership team. We have emerged stronger.
by Mary Stewart - Helmsdale & District Development Trust. - 09:44 on 30 June 2020
The challenges ahead for the Helmsdale Kitchen Garden project, even in normal times, were daunting. The onset of the pandemic and all its restrictions have made it even more so. Mary Stewart of the Helmsdale District Development Trust explains how the the strength of the community has shone through and should give us the confidence in ourselves as communities to tackle the big issues.
by John Wood - Wester Ross Pocket Orchards - 10:14 on 23 June 2020
John Wood argues that not only is capitalism failing to deliver what we and the Earth really need but it also places itself above the law, and organises itself to avoid responsibility for any consequences of the pursuit of profit and power. He puts forward his ideas for building positively for a better future. We ourselves have to be the change we want to see.
by Hazel Cowe - Mull and Iona Community Trust - 08:00 on 02 June 2020
Mull and Iona have concerns for their future as they are reliant on tourism, but Hazel Cowe hopes they can continue the great practices that have come as a result of lockdown and make positive changes to their lives and the island.
by Suzy Russell - Community Supported Agriculture - 11:05 on 01 June 2020
Suzy Russell of Community Supported Agriculture stresses the need for a sea change in policy to support a move towards a sustainable food future and challenges us to build on the positive changes to lifestyles brought about by COVID-19.
by Emma Whitham - MOO Food - 21:52 on 15 May 2020
Emma Whitham of MOO Food believes we have all been presented with an opportunity to start living differently and we must grab it with conviction.
by Neil Mapes - Green Hive - 18:26 on 12 May 2020
Neil Mapes of Green Hive points out there was little about the 'normal' prior to COVID-19 that was sustainable and clearly our recent global crisis has exposed the increasing inequality across people and places. He argues that sustainability has been unhelpfully linked to growth when sustainability could be more positively linked to stability and flexibility..
by Martin Sherring - 11:02 on 30 April 2020
For many people Covid-19 is causing hardship and misery – with reduced incomes, businesses destroyed and of course loved ones taken from us before their time. But there have also been some positive outcomes. Trustee Martin Sherring hopes that the lessons of the Covid-19 experience can be used to create a better future, rather than just go back to what we had.
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