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Seasons Greetings from Skye Climate Action

We wish all our supporters a happy, healthy and peaceful festive season.

The newsletter team is taking a break until after the new year. Keep an eye on our website though as we'll be continuing to post news and events there. 

In the meantime, here are several events coming up this week and next, which we didn't want you to miss.   

And, if you would like to give someone a powerful, beautiful and hopeful Christmas present, choose David Attenborough's 'A life on our Planet'. This film is his witness statement and vision for the future, showing how we need to work with nature rather than against it. 
"Everyone has to watch this film", Jim Towers, SCA supporter. 

Plural Futures: Story-telling event
 Thursday 10th December, 6 pm

Join us for an online storytelling session and conversation with Glendale-based story teller Seoras Macpherson and filmmaker Andrew Black, as we explore stories of land and community in Skye and the Highlands. This event is part of the Plural Futures Film commission, a collaboration between Atlas Arts and Skye Climate Action.

Seoras has devoted his life to telling the stories of his native place, and has an invaluable knowledge of Skye history and mythology that is unfortunately fading from collective memory.

We are interested in hearing stories and recollections from across the island, to explore the connections between crofting, land struggle, changes in Gaelic culture, economic pressures, colonial wealth and activism on Skye. Through these conversations, and with an awareness of the current moment of upheaval, we hope to use the film project to begin to imagine different ways of honouring the past and living well together in the future.

If you think you have something to share, we’d be excited to hear from you, but would also welcome you to join and listen. This event will take place online via Zoom. Please sign up via eventbrite.

School of Plural Futures is recruiting participants

Atlas Arts is starting an alternative climate school, consisting of workshops, gatherings, film screenings, walks and online conversations, co-designed by a group of people aged 16-25, living in Skye, Raasay and Lochalsh. The purpose is to create a shared curriculum together exploring climate justice and artistic education - paying close attention to the local context and with a place-centered approach to the Highlands and Islands. 

Atlas have funding to support 8 student fellows with stipends, plus individual travel budgets, until July 2021. If you know of anyone aged 16-25 who might like to take part, there is more information here

Meeting to discuss Highland Council's draft tourism infrastructure plan for Skye and Raasay

Highland Council are producing a Highland-wide Tourism Infrastructure Plan. Their draft plan of Skye and Raasay's existing tourism infrastructure and gaps in provision is available here.

The Council's distinction between tourism infrastructure and general infrastructure risks missing opportunities for tourists as well as residents. Infrastructure to improve the limited public transport on Skye is not considered by the draft plan, yet would benefit tourists as well as residents, for example, if visitors could leave their cars either at a hub location or at their accommodation and travel more by bus. The development of the three active travel/cycle projects on Skye is also an opportunity for infrastructure investment to benefit visitors as well as residents.  

SkyeConnect will host a zoom meeting to discuss these points and other aspects of the draft Skye plan on Thursday 10th December, 5.30 pm. Join the meeting with this link
Meeting ID: 314 730 1975
Passcode: 675681

To respond to the Council's draft plan directly, please email your comments to Leona Joiner at the Highland Council, by 18th December.
Highland Council Food Growing Strategy

Don't forget to send in your comments on Highland Council's draft food growing strategy and action plan. Please take a few minutes to respond to the short survey and help shape how the Council will support local food growing. Deadline is 15th January.

Energy saving and carbon reduction grants and loans
Hosted by SkyeConnect, Ryan Felber and Bryony Beck from Energy Savings Trust will present information on grants and interest free loans for energy saving and carbon reduction technologies including electric vehicles for businesses. Register for the zoom meeting on Wednesday 16th December at 11 am here.
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