We've been out and about

Hiya all,
So I've been a busy little bee and been out and about popping up posters and handing out flyers. (Which I'll need to get organised to bring along to our gatherings). Here's a wee update.

Dornoch Community Market Visit


Last Wednesday, I headed over to Dornoch with the idea of chatting with lots of folks at the Dornoch Community Market.

It was great to see the market so busy with plants, crafts, cheese, local meats and several stalls about various local community and voluntary groups.

I didn't know for instance that Dornoch has a community orchard and garden...

I also popped into a a few shops and places and chatted with folks about what Planet Sutherland is aiming to do. So, I know the word is spreading around and hopefully we'll get something going in Dornoch soon.

The Big Tea Party, Bonar Bridge

Next, on Sunday, the Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust held their Big Tea Party event in Bonar Bridge Hall. Everyone enjoyed the chit-chat, food and drink and we had a great time letting folks know about our wee project.
I'm really looking forward to helping Dornoch School with their plastic-straw free campaign and it's great that more folks now know that Morrisons (and we think Tesco too) now have a recycle bin for plastic wrapping as well as carrier bags. A few folks signed up to be kept informed of the projects too.

Lairg Meet

And then last night we held the wee gathering in Lairg Learning Centre. It was just fab to meet some new folks who are soooo keen to be doing things to help the Planet.

We had folks from Lairg, Rosehall, Brora and Dornoch. Many laughs were had whilst we enjoyed a wee cuppa and talked through various planet saving ideas such as the garden schools projects and car and tool sharing. We also talked about the Reduce / Re-use / Re-cycle mantra.

Did you know that there is an order to this. Step 1 - Re-duce. Step 2 - Re-use and then only what's left is Re-cycled. ....

We also chatted about what kind of structure Planet Sutherland could take and various concepts regarding its purpose.

We'll be getting together again in Lairg in about a month, and hopefully setting up groups in Dornoch and Brora too now.

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Todays Planet Saving ideas 9/8/19

Climate Crisis ideas and tips for planet saving, Aug 19

Here's a great page from WWF with lots of ideas on how we can change our habits and behaviour to save the planet. It covers ideas from travel to recycling to sustainable eating

https://www.wwf.org.uk/thingsyoucando

Save Water, Help the Climate

The other day, a friend mentioned that turning off the tap saves energy. It's not something we think about. (Well, unless you have a pumped private water supply.) Here in Sutherland, water is usually abundant. However, getting clean water to our taps uses energy. Here's some info about our Scottish Water - https://www.scottishwater.co.uk/savewaterscotland
Put simply - turn off the tap when washing your hands or brushing your teeth and use a watering can instead of a hose...

Bees help the climate

Great to keep bees, but we need to know how https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/09/berlin-beekeepers-leave-swarms-without-homes-schwarmfangers

Climate Car Club

.....Linstone Housing is charging ahead with two new electric cars for its highly-successful Car Club which frees local people from the costs of car ownership.
https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/article/linstone-on-the-right-road-with-major-expansion-of-eco-friendly-car-club

Trillion Tree Campaign

Planting Trees Campaign

The trillion tree campaign have an app - plant for the planet - which among other things allows you to register as group or individual and you can then record all the trees you have planted. It might fit in with our

apple tree planting project?



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trillion_Tree_Campaign

Events

Upcoming Eco Gatherings and Past Info

Carbon Chat


Weds 23rd Oct,  1pm, Lairg Learning Centre,
Coming soon  - Invercassley Store and Tea Rooms, Rosehall & Dornoch

These are informal gatherings around the place to talk through ideas and consider what we can do individually or as a group to help with carbon emissions and other planetary issues, like reducing plastic use and improving recycling. We'll be able to help to answer each others questions, share concerns and knowledge of what's going on already. We may come up with tiny changes to day to day life or larger community projects.
Please do come along or indeed, please do organise a wee group local to your village. There is no obligation to become more involved - but we do hope that you'll be inspired.

Recycling Talk at Ardgay Community Council meeting.


Mon 12th Aug, 7-8pm. Ardgay Village Hall 


Imogen from the Waste Management Highland Council team will be coming along to give us a talk on where we're at and what's happening with recycling in the Highlands. Questions such as plastic recycling, what happens to our blue bin content, plastic wrapper recycling, landfill and plans for the Longman site and what we can do to help will all be covered in the talk. There will of course be time for questions too.