The CommonSpace Editorial Team
Thomas Swann: Learn from Iceland to make Scotland's Citizens' Assembly a success
Thomas Swann (@ThomasSwann1), research fellow at Loughborough University, says Iceland’s National Gathering in 2010 was ultimately a case study in how Citizens’ Assemblies can fail, and thus has many lessons for Scotland as we embark on a similar democratic experiment
Jon Southerington: How we can go zero carbon in Orkney
Jon Southerington, Orkney resident in Deerness, makes a series of proposals for how the north-east island could contribute to the Scottish Government’s new zero carbon emissions target by 2045
VIEWING the Orkney Islands Council plans for Wind Turbine projects in Hoy, Faray and Quanterness has got me thinking about how we in Orkney can do our bit to meet the zero emissions targets (or be a negative emissions community due to our renewable energy production potential), whilst actually making Orkney cleaner and a less expensive place to live.
Book Review - Scots and Catalans: Union and Disunion
Chris Bambery, author of A People’s History of Scotland co-author of Catalonia Reborn, reviews J.H. Elliott’s Scots and Catalans: Union and Disunion, Yale University Press, 2018
THE movements for independence in Catalonia and Scotland have, in the last decade, grown together and identify with each other. Both threaten the unity of key European states, key NATO members and allies of the USA. What unites these two movements and what is different?
CS Forum 30 May: Climate Change - How do we turn words into actions?
Our next CommonSpace Forum takes on the hot topic of climate change and will be tackling how we convert words into actions, with immediate effect
In recent weeks, we have seen the Scottish Government back the Green New Deal, commit to cutting greenhouse emissions to net zero by 2045 and declare a climate emergency. But will these promises be backed up by a solid and credible action plan? How do we ensure it’s not empty rhetoric? There is no time to delay.
Daphne Vlastari: Is Scotland's nature Brexit-proof?
Daphne Vlastari, Scottish Environment LINK advocacy manager, explains why a coalition of environmental charities have come together to call for a Scottish Environment Act to protect Scotland’s nature from the potential impact on standards from Brexit
IT MIGHT seem that the imminent threat of a No Deal Brexit, or any kind of Brexit, has been postponed. 31 October feels very far away, and the consequences of leaving the EU might seem far removed from our daily preoccupations.
Keith Baker - Paying for your sins: Why carbon offsetting is not a serious approach to climate change
Dr Keith Baker, co-founder of the Energy Policy Research initiative, says that if the SNP is to back up its “climate emergency” statement with serious substance, then former climate minister Stewart Stevenson MSP’s carbon offsetting proposals must be rejected outright
WHAT is the price of one tonne of carbon?
Scott Leatham: To end the reign of the climate delayer we need to re-write our contract with nature
Scott Leatham (@Scott_Leatham), political ecologist researcher and campaigner, says that natural solutions must be part of any credible strategy to address climate breakdown
AS MESSAGES on climate breakdown and biodiversity loss dominate the airwaves, the emergence of a new form of denialism stalks the policy landscape: the delayer.
#SNP19 fringes: Teachers urge action on pupil indiscipline while farmers union and Scottish Government clash over Brexit
Fringe events at the first day of the SNP’s Edinburgh Spring conference sees the NASUWT teachers’ union air discontent on discipline in schools, while the Common Agricultural Policy spurs debate
Video: Reaction to shock #SNP19 currency debate result
SNP conference votes for amendment demanding an independent currency as soon as possible upon independence
SNP MEMBERS have caused upset at their party conference in Edinburgh by voting for the establishment of a new currency immediately upon Scottish independence.
With activists and party figures already debating the implications, CommonSpace reporter David Jamieson and editor Ben Wray examine the meaning of the vote and the implications for the party's case for independence.