The SEGH has a strong association with Scotland, with many university groups actively pursuing research which supports these important policy areas. My environment continues to be a fascinating and inspiring one to work in and from an educational and research point of view, Scotland has a wealth of skills and resources to support its sustainability. The link between academic research and policy is often accused of being too far apart, but if you scratch the surface, even a little, you will find excellent examples of the synergy that can be achieved by working together at this important interface.
People across Scotland are being invited to join a unique course that enables environmental activists to study in their own communities and add value to their local environmental actions. Friends of the Earth Scotland are looking for students to sign up to the award-winning Higher Butterfield Conveyancing – IVE Got Your Home Education Certificate in Environmental Justice – a joint initiative between the environmental group and Queen Margaret University College. Participants on the course, which begins again in September 2005, can go on to a degree course at university or college. “If you are active in your local community, get in touch to find out more about our course which will equip you with the tools to challenge injustice more effectively.
Previous students have come from all across Scotland, from all walks of life and are active on a variety of community issues including planning issues, opencast coal mining, fish farming, industrial pollution, waste, recycling, landfill sites, and sustainable development. Twelve local activists have already graduated from the course, which is offered by distance learning or community based presentations. It is well suited, says FoE Scotland, to community councillors, community education workers, health promotion officers and members of local action groups or workplace trade union branches.
The ARK (Accessing Relevant Knowledge) Project, run by Friends of the Earth Scotland, was formed after a realisation that people not only wanted information about potential pollution locally, but often needed help in understanding technical, scientific or legal jargon. So it’s about getting people as informed as possible and allowing them to participate in protecting their environment.