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Planet Sutherland Climate News & Info July 2020
Well, it's great to see that we're still moving forward, step by step. I know we're reeling with mixed emotions about re-opening our various businesses, and particularly tourist businesses. We wish everyone the very best of luck and are of course hoping that we all stay safe and healthy. 
Read on to hear about what we've been up to in June and what's coming up in July. Honestly there are so many events from our friends in July that we'd never need to switch on the TV! 
July Events
July is so packed with on line events and learning opportunities that we simply don't have the time to pop it all into our calendar.

We have picked out some great events including 4 Bug Life events (learning about bugs and their benefits) and also a 3 part series on Woodland Management form creating woodlands to managing woodland on existing farms. 

We're also hoping to start our Carbon Cafe's later this month too - perhaps outside in The Hub's Marquee or in other covered outdoor areas. If you know of any great outdoor spaces to run our BYOC "Bring Your Own Coffee" events, please get in touch. Watch out on the Web site and Facebook pages for more info.

Community Climate Hubs - Discussion meeting on 11/12th July - please see below for more detail.

For more info look at our Calendar and Events Page here
Loads of events are also listed here covering a wide range of topics and hosts  and here looking at arts, bats, justice, the true costs - way to many to mention.

Task for me this month - to try to create one centralised calendar without manual effort! 
Project News

Our How to Talk with Kids about Climate Change was well attended. Anya gave an inspirational talk and our discussion covered lots of fun games and ideas. The final report has yet to be completed. In summary though, the trick to talking with young children about climate change includes: start early; look for fun topics that match the child's area of interest (art for some, bugs for others!); learn through games; and teach sharing (e.g. of toys with friends). There's no need to create worry or anxiety in their minds to help them develop sustainable habits that they will carry throughout their lives.
We also discussed the bonding benefits of this special time and most importantly, that sometimes we need to relax - perhaps it's more important to have a loving relationship with grandparents who are, em, perhaps a little over generous at times. You can follow Anya on Twitter here - @AnyaHartDyke - she's been posting daily activity ideas throughout Covid.

Climate Change Film created by Golspie High Geography class.  Well we did it!! In just 5 weeks from concept to delivery, The S3 Geography pupils pulled out all the stops to get a film developed. Ok, so we only managed the preview!! But it really is an excellent achievement given the Covid class restrictions. 
The preview video covers the actions that the pupils are going to work on over the summer and next term well add in the section explaining what climate change is and how it's going to affect us along with updates on the summer projects. You can read more about the Golpsie High S3 Geography Class Covid Shutdown Climate film here.
If you'd like to do something similar with your own school or community group, please get in touch.
We are continuing to work with several other community and funding groups on the best strategy here, including discussions with Highland Council. Our plans to run a Community Supported Agriculture talk are a little delayed, but will hopefully commence towards the end of July.
In the mean time, if you run or want to start a community food growing group, please get in touch. The more we do together, the greater our area resilience.
More of the recycling centres are opening up and many of us have been having clear outs during shut down. Please do think twice about throwing things out though - new recycle and up-cycle projects may be just around the corner.

Hang on to your laptops!! Our brand new project will take your old lap top and rejuvenate it, if at all possible. Details are still being worked on here and we'll let you know next month. We can also collect mobiles and other computer equipment for recycling via our new partners in Forres - Reboot.

Plastic Free July. We've joined in with the global campaign for a Plastic Free July. This is looking primarily at ditching single use plastics, but it's great opportunity to consider where we can ditch more plastic from our lives. We're having a 4 week campaign. Week one focussed on kitchen plastic and some great ideas have been shared on the Facebook Group including reusing ziplock bags, raising bread without clingfilm, and unpacked fruit and veg from Munros. Remember too to take your own containers out for fish from the van and when going to the butchers.
Working Together - We are continuing to grow our collaborative links with other groups. If you already run a climate or environment group in Sutherland or North Highlands or want to start a group, please do get in touch. ( Or, you can join up here). 

Community Climate Action Hubs
Worth noting too, is the Scottish Government review on changing how the Climate Challenge Funds are used: they are seeking responses by the 17th July on the topic of Community Climate Action Hubs. Here's the link -

It's a potentially very exciting opportunity to help all the climate and environmental groups in the Highlands. We are organising an on line meeting 11th or 12th of July to discuss potential benefits and concerns, and how best to respond. This is followed by a meeting on Weds 15th July with SCCAN (The Scottish Communities Climate Action Network). Please get in touch if you'd like to join these meetings or want to know more.
News From Our Friends
Lairg Learning Centre - They are continuing to run on line events from Gaelic to Sewing, and have had a very successful second run of their Rainbow Garden Project. Keep an eye out for their next news letter of keep up to date on Facebook and Twitter.

Green Hive - A little further away, but it's worth mentioning that Green Hive ran an excellent on line event looking at ocean plastic problems. Do get in touch with them if that's your focus.

The Rusty Coo, Lairg - We're so happy that Heather has managed to reopen her Eco Shop. Pop in for some safe shopping including gifts, herbs, plants, seedlings, and handmade 100% cotton face coverings, available from 11th Jul. Open Tues - Sat. 10-4.

Golspie Larder - A new venture stocking health foods and refills etc. Contact them via the Facebook link to help this new start up business.

Kyle Of Sutherland Community Hub - won't be long now before we see open air events going on under the protection of their new marquee.

Plastic @ Bay have a new on line shop with lots of eco friendly project from soap to deodorant along with their lovely artwork.

Transition Black Isle -  and last, but not least and again a little out of our patch, check out their recent news letter for news on growing opportunities, their van market, a discussion on electric vehicles, tips on bottling produce and more.

Sorry if you have news and we've missed you out. Please get in touch for a mention next time, or indeed to share more detailed news. Guest Blog posts always welcome.
What Can I Do Now?
Have a power off day - one day without facebook! 
Have one meat free meals day

Join a Local Group
Watch our Take One Step movie
Read a book on climate change - ideas here.
Watch the Golspie High S3 Geography Class Video Preview for top tips on simple things to do now.
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