- The Real Front Line, Alternative Editorial (Feb 04, 2024)
- Renewables produce more than 100% of Scotland's electricity demand for first time, news.stv.tv (Jan 26, 2024)
This page is the beginnings of a portal for Scotland community action, providing an introduction and overview. Other pages are listed in the navigation box towards the end of each page.
Scotland networks, alliances and community support organisations[edit | edit source]
- Scottish Community Alliance, "coalition of community based, national networks and intermediaries – each one representing a different aspect of Scotland’s diverse community sector. While each is very different in terms of their specific interests and areas of specialist knowledge, they all share a commitment to the principles of community empowerment and subsidiarity."
- Development Trusts Association Scotland, independent, member-led organisation aiming to promote, support and represent development trusts in Scotland. DTA Scotland now has over 350 development trust members – community-led organisations using a combination of enterprise and creativity to improve the quality of life for local people in urban, rural and island communities across Scotland. Video: DTA Scotland on youtube.comadded 15:49, 21 October 2023 (UTC)
Scottish Islands Federation[edit | edit source]
The Scottish Islands Federation, founded in November 2007, claims that it aims to promote, publicise and advance the interests of Scotland's islands. It grew out of the informal Scottish Islands Network, which had existed since 2001.
The inaugural conference was held at Craignure on the Isle of Mull. A survey of islanders found that nearly 90% believe that all of Scotland's 90 or more inhabited islands should be able to speak with a common voice and that 77% believe that the Scottish Government should include a minister with specific responsibility for the islands. There was also overwhelming support for a forthcoming pilot scheme to introduce road equivalent tariff that could reduce ferry fares. It was also noted that Scotland's islands have a combined population of nearly 100,000 but have no special government provision, whereas the 3,000 Irish islanders do.
Willie Roe, the Chairman of Highlands and Islands Enterprise speaking at the conference said that here was a new feeling of self-belief among islanders, encouraged by community-based developments on, for example, Gigha, Eigg and Harris and that "our islands are quite exceptional in world terms". Jim Mather, the Scottish Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism stated that "I think it is a self-evident truth that Scotland hasn't properly valued her islands… but we are seeing a quiet revolution".
- Scottish Islands Federation, "Promoting the interests and sustainability of Scotland’s island communities." added 14:18, 21 October 2023 (UTC)
Ecovillages[edit | edit source]
Findhorn Ecovillage is an experimental architectural community project based at The Park, in Moray, Scotland, near the village of Findhorn. The project's main aim is to demonstrate a sustainable development in environmental, social, and economic terms. Work began in the early 1980s under the auspices of the Findhorn Foundation but now includes a wide diversity of organisations and activities. Numerous different ecological techniques are in use, and the project has won a variety of awards, including the UN-Habitat Best Practice Designation in 1998.
An independent study concludes that the residents have the lowest ecological footprint of any community measured so far in the industrialised world and is also half of the UK average. Although the project has attracted some controversy, the growing profile of environmental issues such as climate change has led to a degree of mainstream acceptance of its ecological ethos.
Community involvement[edit | edit source]
- Vibrant Communities, east-ayrshire.gov.uk
- Generations Working Together, provides information, delivers support and encourages involvement to benefit all of Scotland's generations, by working, learning, volunteering and living together. added 15:44, 4 March 2021 (UTC)
Co-production[edit | edit source]
Participatory budgeting[edit | edit source]
The Scottish Government has made a commitment to participatory budgeting, saying "We support PB as a tool for community engagement and for developing participatory democracy in Scotland". In addition, the Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities have agreed that at least 1% of local government budgets will be subject to participatory budgeting by the end of 2021, potentially amounting to £100million.
The Scottish Government allocates funding for participatory budgeting through the Community Choices Fund, delivered in partnership between the Government, local authorities, communities and third sector organisations.
Scottish rural parliament[edit | edit source]
In March 2012 Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead announced that the Scottish Government was moving ahead with its plans for a Scottish rural parliament, as outlined in Programme for Scotland 2011–2012.
The inaugural Scottish Rural Parliament was held from 6–8 November 2014, in Oban, Argyll & Bute.
An independent organization, Scottish Rural Action, was formed to take forward the proposals. Directors include the chair, John Hutchison of Community Land Scotland, who is a Community Advocate based in the West Highlands. He also chairs the Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust and is former Chairman of the John Muir Trust.
The themes or topics for the Rural Parliament will be decided by people who live and work in rural Scotland using a survey.
Citizens' Assembly of Scotland[edit | edit source]
The Citizens' Assembly of Scotland (Scottish Gaelic: Seanadh Saoranaich na h-Alba) is a citizens' assembly that was established in 2019 by the Scottish Government to deliberate on three broad issues of Scottish society:
- What kind of country are we seeking to build?
- How can we best overcome the challenges we face, including those arising from Brexit?
- What further work should be carried out to give people the detail they need to make informed choices about the future of the country?
- Citizens' Assembly of Scotland: research report, Published 25 January 2022, gov.scot
Community empowerment[edit | edit source]
- Community empowerment, information from the Scottish government, gov.scot
Bioregioning[edit | edit source]
- Bioregioning Tayside, Map, Bioregioning in Tayside, bioregioningtayside.scot, added 17:07, 24 November 2023 (UTC)
Campaigns[edit | edit source]
Friends of the Earth Scotland (FoE Scotland) is a Scottish charity and an independent member of the Friends of the Earth International network of 73 environmental organisations. It is one of the 30 national organisations that Friends of the Earth Europe represents and unites at the European level.
FoE Scotland has a membership of around 3,000 people in Scotland.
- Friends of the Earth Scotland, Press releases, foe.scot, Friends of the Earth Scotland on youtube.com, added 15:41, 21 November 2023 (UTC)
Near you[edit | edit source]
About Scotland[edit | edit source]
Scotland (Scots: Scotland; Scottish Gaelic: Alba) is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It contains nearly one-third of the United Kingdom's land area, consisting of the northern part of the island of Great Britain and more than 790 adjacent islands, principally in the archipelagos of the Hebrides and the Northern Isles. To the south-east, Scotland has its only land border, which is 96 miles (154 km) long and shared with England; the country is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, the North Sea to the north-east and east, and the Irish Sea to the south. The population in 2022 was 5,436,600 and accounts for 8% of the population of the UK. Edinburgh is the capital and Glasgow is the largest of the cities of Scotland.
In 1999, a Scottish Parliament was re-established, in the form of a devolved unicameral legislature comprising 129 members, having authority over many areas of domestic policy. The head of the Scottish Government is the first minister. Scotland is represented in the United Kingdom Parliament by 59 members of parliament (MPs). Scotland is a member of the British–Irish Council, the British–Irish Parliamentary Assembly and the Heads of Government Council. W
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