What we're about

This is a group for anyone interested in meeting new like minded people, sharing and implementing new ideas, self-educating and finding ways to create a more sustainable future. We organise film screenings, discussion groups, workshops, community gardening sessions, upcycling workshops and whatever else the members are up to! We have also started the Permaculture Community Classroom (PCC), held every two weeks at Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council (ELREC). The PCC is a project of participatory education meaning that the attendees decide what they want to learn, and how they want to learn it!

All welcome! This group was created to bring together environmental enthusiasts regardless of ethnic background, ability, age, sex, sexual orientation, religion, and family situation.

Upcoming events (5+)

Are you listening ! Film screening & discussion

Appleton Tower

Coinciding with the Independence Day of Bangladesh, we are screening this unique award winning documentary "Shunte Ki Pao! Are You Listening!", an incredible film addressing Climate Justice for Bangladesh. When: from 5:45pm to 8:30pm, 26 March 2019 Where: Appleton Tower Lecture Theatre 2, 11 Crichton St, EH8 9LE Book your free tickets NOW: https://listeningfilm.eventbrite.co.uk Join the facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/391831901395281/ 'Are You Listening!' reveals the alarming effects of climate change and captures the fighting spirit of a community and its will to survive. The seaside village of Sutarkhali was submerged by a cyclone. Protagonist Rakhi, her husband Soumen and their six-year-old son were forced to live on a dyke with 100 other families. The government was slow to help the families reclaim their land and the delay gave rise to friction. Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F64BWu2cuCM By the coastal belts of Bangladesh, in a small village named 'Sutarkhali', RAKHI lives with her man SOUMEN (32) and their son RAHUL (6). Fighting against all the odds of the woods, along with around 100 families, they cultivate the land for generations. On May 25, 2009 when RAHUL is only 4 years old, a tidal surge hits the coastal belts of Bangladesh. For RAKHI, SOUMEN and RAHUL life is not the same anymore. 'Are You Listening!' is about RAKHI's hope to ensure a dignified future for her son RAHUL. It's about her jobless husband SOUMEN's frustration for failing to provide for his family and about a community's struggle to get back the land they have lost! Seasons change topography, even relations... Yet after the rain... They go out with spades and shovels to reclaim the life again! This event is a partnership between Communities For Conservation, Bangla Scot Trust and Hearty Squirrel Cooperative Edinburgh. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with climate activists and researchers. Light refreshments will be provided. The film will be subtitled. The Director of the European Documentary Network (EDN) and Danish film critic Tue Steen Müller wrote about the film in his blog, A classic humanistic, cinematically brilliant work…brings back memories of the Apu-trilogy of Satyajit Ray. The 25th International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) introduced the film as, A gorgeously shot observational documentary… filming from an unusually low camera angle… The Jury awarding the ‘Grand Prix’ in the main international competition section of 35th Cinéma du Réel in Paris cited, With patience and intelligence in a hostile environment Kamar knew how to stay at the good distance of the people...he filmed to build a humanist movie...in the tradition of the feature length documentary narratives 'Are You Listening!' is a visual symphony and an ode to life. Dubai based film programmer and critic Özge Calafato wrote in the 2013 spring edition of European documentary magazine, the quarterly DOX, Strong political content with a distinct artistic vision…doesn't want to be confined to any strict interpretation of the genre. One of the most popular Bengali newspaper Prothom Alo, with the largest Bangladeshi readership, published the news of winning ‘Grand Prix’ in 35th Cinema du reel in Paris in highlighted box in back page as a national achievement news. Also, the 15th years anniversary special publication, a coffee table book on Bangladesh’s achievement of 15 years between[masked]’, Prothom Alo mentioned two films – ‘Shunte Ki Pao!’ (Are You Listening!) and Matir Moina (The Clay Bird) by Kamar’s mentor Tareque Masud.

Driving efficiency Training (free) - Save more fuel

Do you drive? Join this free one to one efficient driving training and learn how to SAVE FUEL. In 50 minutes, our qualified driving instructor will teach you everything you need to know about saving fuel and carbon. Book your slot here: https://driving-training.eventbrite.co.uk Due to anticipated high interest, it is on a first come first served basis. We require a £20 deposit that is given back after the session to guarantee attendance. It normally costs £70 per session but since we are hosting the session in partnership with the Energy Saving Trust, it’s FREE, luckily. When: Wednesday 27th March 2019 Where: The Morrison’s Car Park on Ferry Road: 102 Pilton Dr, Edinburgh EH5 2XS Book your space here: https://driving-training.eventbrite.co.uk £20 refundable deposit required to guarantee attendance. The session will last 50 minutes. It is led by James a trained driving instructor who will advise on how to drive more efficiently. This will lead to: Reduced fuel consumption and carbon emissions. Reduced risk of accidents while driving. Lower risk of vehicle wear and tear on tyres, brakes and clutches. Opportunities to demonstrate your commitment to the environment. You will need to bring your driving licence and your own car. (You can use the car of the instructor too but would need to bring your own licence). The following slots are available on Tuesday 26th February: 9:30am; 10:20am; 11:10am; 12noon; 12:50pm; 13:20pm; 14:10pm; 15:00pm ; 15:50PM Please register your interest by booking your place here: https://driving-training.eventbrite.co.uk Only 8 places available. Note: due to limited space – Some slots might NOT be available.

Inclusive sustainability - free event

Needs a location

Want to live in a more sustainable way? Come along to this event to get all the latest tips! About this Event EUSDA and SocPolSoc bring you a joint collaboration: Inclusive Sustainability. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/inclusive-sustainability-tickets-58374099503?aff=ebdssbdestsearch Come along to G06, 50 George Square between 5-7pm on 27th of March, to hear from a range of speakers and to partake in activities encouraging all of us to be more sustainable. This event is focused towards ensuring sustainable practices can remain inclusive. Topics include: Sustainable Fashion, Zero-Waste Food and Zero-Waste Lifestyle, as well as Sustainable Business Practices.

Community Garden - Grow your own weekly session in Drumbrae

Rannoch Community Centre

Dear All, ELREC runs a community garden in Rannoch Community Centre. The garden is run by Rhona our dear expert community gardener. The idea is that anyone can come and learn skills and share their experience of food growing and put it into practice. It is open to everyone. You can come once or you can come every week - up to you. It's a friendly social space for people to grow food and enjoy being outside. The produce grown is shared among participants. Every Friday morning at 9:30 at the Rannoch Community Centre, 6 Rannoch Terrace, EH4 7ER. Tel:[masked] You can just turn up at the centre through the main door and Rhona will be there to welcome you. Many thanks. Jean-Matthieu

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Grow your own - community garden in Wester Hailes

Wester Hailes Allotment

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