Keeping Up with Green8eam
It’s been a busy couple of weeks for the Green8eam, so we didn’t have time for a progress post last week. But that means this week, you get twice as much to catch up on!
Saturday 17th March saw our first #Green18Clean outside of Edinburgh, hosted by our wonderful news editor cum eco warrior, Kimberley. Walking down by the River Kelvin, she was surprised and unhappy with the amount of litter she found, the usual suspects being bottles and single-use plastics like food packets. However, there was a great deal of bizarre unexpected waste around, such as hula hoops and tents. If I am being kind, I could claim this might be as a result of the windy weather the previous week but the sceptic in me is more likely to blame this on ridiculous human laziness and disrespect for our surroundings. We must do better.
If you are interested in getting involved with our litter picks, please do go to our events page to see our events for the upcoming Easter weekend! This time, we’re going south!
Symphonic Nature Tour with Music Planet
Saturday the 17th and Sunday the 18th took Rufus and I to the Isles of Arran and Bute with Music Planet and the University of St. Andrews Chamber Orchestra, on a tour called Symphonic Nature which aimed to emphasise the connections between music and nature, particularly with regards to Beethoven’s 6th Symphony. In Lochranza, the performance was also introduced by the team at COAST, the Community of Arran Seabed Trust, which protects the seabed’s around the island from the dangers of fishing, thus sustaining its marine life. It was wonderful to see an audience that was primarily there to watch a musical performance also engaging with a very important environmental cause. Getting the word out to as many people as possible through whatever medium is essential, which is why groups like Music Planet are so important. Below is a short video documenting the tour!
International Earth Hour
This weekend, we’ve gone international and we got to see Earth Hour from the perspective of a few different countries. This was better in some places than others but people are getting the idea! For anyone who doesn’t know, Earth Hour is a project that aims to engage as many countries as possible to turn their lights out at 8.30pm local time to show the impact of reduced energy consumption over a tiny space of time. Rufus was in Paris and got to see the wonderful light show at the Eiffel Tower where, at 8.30pm, the tower went completely dark. France is particularly engaged with events such as this. On the first Sunday of every month, for example, the famous 2km long Champs-Elysees is closed to traffic between 9am and 5pm as part of the Paris Respire programme, which aims to reduce pollution in the city. It is a surreal and beautiful sight to see pedestrians walking up the street on these days, in a vision of what it could be like without cars in our cities.
I was in the Netherlands for Earth Hour and went to Amsterdam for 8.30pm in the hope of finding some Earth Hour inspiration. However, I was disappointed to find that nothing was going on there and disheartened to feel like the only person who was there for this occasion in a very busy tourist city. Likewise, Kimberley was on Ashton Lane in Glasgow, where strings of lights roofing the street remained turned on at 8.30pm. Earth Hour is acquiring worldwide attention - their social media can attest to that - but people need to become aware of these schemes because they are so important in showing the effect of a tiny reduction in our global energy output, as well as showing how many people worldwide are really engaged with this issue. Check out Earth Hour’s Instagram to see more of what was going on last night around the world.
We’ve got another busy week coming up, where Rufus and I will be heading to a few primary schools in Fife to teach them about seagrass ecosystems. In a similar vein to Music Planet, we will be collaborating with musicians to do so, and members of Scottish Chamber Orchestra will be joining us. Tune in to the Our Progress blog next week to see how we get on with that.
Earth Hour has also been our motivation to get planning for Earth Day, which is happening on Sunday the 22nd of April. Keep your eyes peeled for updates on what we’re planning for that. Events will be happening all around the UK so please do get involved!
That’s all for this week. As always, make any comments and suggestions underneath or drop as an email on the contact page if you have any ideas or want to write for us!