The ecological crisis is now; we are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction with about 200 species becoming extinct each day; our oceans are acidifying; large swathes of the planet are already desertified; we’re experiencing regular environmental disasters – droughts, fires and disease; the planet’s forests are being destroyed at a rate of thirty football fields per minute and a global food calamity is on its way caused by decreased biodiversity and reduced crop production.
Helmsdale community groups have come together to think about what we can do together as a community, and we’d like to hear your ideas. There will be short presentations on the threats that Helmsdale faces, and the initial schemes we’re discussing, which include a community district heating system; small-scale renewable energy systems including hydro, solar and wind; restoration of the decommissioned school block into a climate science lab, art production facilities and local food produce business units; district wide reforestation and slow and sustainable tourism strategies. Presentations will be followed by a chance to chat ideas over a community meal, cooked and served by Timespan’s Youth Action Social Squad (YASS!) Club members.
Helmsdale & District Community Council, Helmsdale & District Development Trust, Timespan, Environmental Research Institute UHI, Helmsdale Community Centre, Helmsdale Kitchen Garden and Garbh Allt Community Initiative.