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Planet Sutherland Climate News & Info September 2020
How can it be September already? The days and weeks and months all blend together these days. Goodness knows how we'll look back on this year!
Our plans for 4 friends getting together for Carbon Cafe's is now restricted to a chat over the fence, but it's time to get going on line. We can't wait any longer to start helping each other survive and thrive in these difficult times. Read more about Climate Chatter below.
Plus, no matter whether your interest is in recycling, in climate action, in watching films or meeting folks, there are events noted below that are sure to be of interest. 
Upcoming plans also include a new initiative for community growing in Lairg, and we're looking at a new Apple Tree & Fruit Project for winter. 
As usual all the detail of these events, how to find out more, how to get involved etc are on our web site and why not bookmark our collaborative calendar to make sure you don't miss anything. 
September Events

Our Events

Climate Chatter

The most effective and helpful thing that we can probably all do right now is to start talking about it! Just Start The a friend, mention the climate crisis in conversation with neighbours, ask your boss what your company is doing.... You'll find that, most of the time, your friend or colleague is having the same worries as you. They may well be just trying to get on with life and hoping for the best, or you may hear some surprising news. Perhaps they've just planted some trees or switched to shampoo bars or enjoyed some fab local produce.
ZOOOMMMMing on... we're also going to start Climate Chatter Zooms. Grab a coffee and join us on Friday 18th September , 11am. Booking Essential Please by emailing

Grow Sutherland - Tues 29th Sept, 4:45pm  - see below for more information on our next Grow Sutherland meeting.

All are welcome at any of our events.

Top Picks Events in September from our friends.

Scotland's Climate Week. Running through to the 20th Sept, this is a week packed full of events ranging from eco personal products to greening business and race inequalities to "loving your clothes". There's also wee app you can sign up to where you answer a few easy questions and then join the pledge to do one wee thing.... and then perhaps another. 

Scotland's Recycle Week. This runs from the 21st to 27th Sep. We had some great conversations during Plastic Free July and hopefully we can build on these over the next recycle focus week. Many of us have switched to shampoo bars or refills and some are even making their own dish washer tablets - easy peasy. Join us on twitter or Facebook or follow #recycleweek to take part.

Take One Action Film Festival. Ten days of films running from 16th to 27th Sep. Do check out what's available. There's a special screening of The Last ice. Tickets are only £2. Here's the link to the trailer.  And here's the link to all the film information. 

Climate Change in The Highlands - Working Together with Nature. This is the second in the series of the The Highland Environmental Forum September Seminars. This one looks at how nature can help reduce climate change and our responsibility to help nature . There are three expert speakers looking at how we can help nature to help itself. It's on September 24th. Tickets and further information is here. 
Project News

Grow Sutherland

Finally we managed to get this going. Our first talk happened on Tues 15th September where Suzy Russell from the CSA Network (Community Supported Agriculture) informed us all of the many options available for CSA projects. These vary from community flower growing to volunteering time to help on farms & crofts and from starting growing on community land to working on community food box schemes. Of course, we want to ensure that everyone in our community benefits and our eventual plans may incorporate our Food Larders, Food Hubs, Community Markets and produce in local shops.
NEXT MEETING: Our next meeting is on the Tues 29th Sep at 4:45pm where Emma Whitham will chat with us about the history and successes of MOO Food and also about the fantastic and new Highland Good Food Conversation.
Join our varied audience. Last time we got together with crofters, farmers, those looking at community growing options, friends from Skye and other interested individuals. Many food strategies will no doubt be required to improve our resilience here. Read more information on this project on the web site here. 

Grow Lairg 

Join the Team!

Additionally, we are starting a community growing project in Lairg. It's just at the very initial stages, and we'd love to build a Lairg Community Growing team. Please do get in touch if you'd like to join this exciting venture.

Gledfield Polytunnel

We're planning to build the school polytunnel during the October holidays. Please do get in touch to help with the build of this project. Of course we will be observing Covid restrictions as they play out, but hopefully we can get a good team together, even perhaps taking part on a rota basis or being able to observe and learn how to build a polytunnel.

Farming Resources

Additionally, it's worth mentioning that we have a new page on the web site dedicated to our farming & crofting community pulling many resources together from across the world looking at how to help shape our new world - Please note too that our Farm Plastic Recycling Project is awaiting a meeting with some organisations prior to completing and issuing our latest report.

Apple Tree & Fruit Bushes Project

We are looking to re-run our very successful Apple Tree Project again. Last year twenty apple trees were planted in a distributed orchard in Ardgay. This year we hope to broaden our reach and also look at other fruit bushes etc. Please look out for the upcoming questionnaire to gauge interest and get this project started. We will of course need local volunteers from each village wishing to take part. Please do get in touch if you're interested. 
News From Our Friends
The Rusty Coo, Lairg - The shop has moved and is open for business stocking lots of eco products and refills.

The Transition Towns movement held a fantastic series of events celebrating the successes and looking at how their work has continued through covid. The What Is?  videos are worth watching, and really highlight just how much work is going on at the community level, filling in for what we perhaps don't see in our day to day news feed. There are literally 100's of communities out there doing good stuff. The events were recorded and are available on Youtube here 

If you'd like a mention here with your eco projects, please just let us know.
What Can I Do Now?
Use soap powder instead of refilling liquid bottles
Shop Local
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