Beyond Food Banks? Growing a Food Justice Movement in Scotland

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Free but ticketed: tickets available at this link:

Saturday 28th February 2015 1000- 1600

The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Rd, Glasgow G51 3UU (near Govan underground station)

Contributors include Rachel Gray, executive director of the Stop Community Food Centre in Toronto, Canada, Linda De Caestecker, NHS Director of Public Health, and volunteers and users of food banks. Full schedule available shortly.

Hunger has returned to Scotland and the UK. The number of people accessing food banks and other forms of emergency food aid has increased, the impact of welfare reform is being felt strongly, and food prices have risen.
In this context, we invite you to a one-day conference exploring food poverty and how we can work together to grow a movement to eliminate it. Some of the ground we hope to cover will include:

-Food banks are an important response to the crisis, and volunteers working in them are making an outstanding contribution to their communities. How did the need for food banks increase so drastically, and how can we avoid normalising emergency food aid as a voluntary safety net?

-Communities and individuals who are at risk of food poverty are well-placed to lead their own responses to it and are experts in their own experience. Could community-led responses be a key part of increasing food security: initiatives such as local food hubs, community shops, food co-operatives and community gardens & allotments?

-How can we move from meeting immediate needs to campaigning to change the systems that create these needs, towards food justice, in which the human right to food and health is combined with sustainable food production, education and employment? Are there good examples of how to achieve this?

-Our food system is not sustainable, with unhealthy food widely advertised and consumed leading to costly public health problems. How can we make the transition to an ecologically and socially just food system?

The partners involved in organising this event are the Centre for Human Ecology, the Church of Scotland’s Church and Society Council and Faith in Community Scotland.

For more information contact

Resilience: why it matters, how to help it: Roundtable event 29th October

Roundtable on Resilience: why it matters, how to help it

Wednesday 29th October 2014 1800

CHE Library, 2nd Floor, The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Rd, Glasgow G51 3UU (near Govan underground station)

Booking essential: pay what you can (suggestion £5 waged)

We all face growing pressures from local to global levels: including service cuts, food costs, and climate change.

The skills of personal and community resilience could help mainstream society sustain its wellbeing despite such pressures, and could enable wider engagement with big issues like climate change.

This round table brings together three pioneers in this field, and invites you to join the discussion.

Alan Heeks has many years’ experience of leading groups and projects exploring resilience, and leads the Enjoying your Future project. See more at

Pamela Candea based in Stirling, Pamela has has been the prime mover in creating a UK-wide network of facilitators for Carbon Conversations. She also leads programmes for organisations.

Alf Young is an award-winning journalist and leading figure in Scottish community regeneration, and co-author of the book The New Road.

An Evening with Charles Eisenstein: October 4th 2014

An Evening with Charles Eisenstein

Saturday 4th October 2014 1800

The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Rd, Glasgow G51 3UU (near Govan underground station)

Advance tickets:

We are delighted to host Charles Eisenstein on his first visit to Glasgow.

Charles Eisenstein is an author and public speaker, and “degrowth activist”. He is the author of several books including The Ascent of Humanity (2007), Sacred Economics (2011), and The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible (2013).

His viral short films and essays online have established him as a genre-defying social philosopher and countercultural intellectual. Eisenstein graduated from Yale University in 1989 with a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy and spent the next ten years as a Chinese–English translator. He currently lives in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.

Advance tickets are available for those who wish to ensure their place. Although the event is accessible to all regardless of ability to pay, ticket prices vary to allow the event to be fully inclusive. The ticket fees will help to support Charles’ work enabling him to travel and share his ideas, philosophies & passion. Please pay what you can, so that we can offer him an adequate gift for his time and work. For more information please email

Notice of CHE AGM 6th September 2014 and Call for Directors


We warmly welcome you to this year’s AGM. It will take place at the Mary Barbour Suite, Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Rd, Glasgow G51 3UU on Saturday 6th September, 11am – 1pm, followed by a shared lunch until 14.30pm.

Please find attached formal notice of this meeting.

If you are not a member and wish to become one, see

It would be helpful if you could RSVP at to give us an idea of numbers. The lunch will be potluck, so please indicate what dish you would like to bring to share, so we can make sure to buy a few remaining items. Thanks!

At the meeting will be reviewing the past year’s activities and events and sharing our plans and thoughts on the Centre’s future. Please note well the following points:

Special resolution to develop a new model of organisation for the Centre for Human Ecology as an educational co-operative:

The board of directors have been discerning and developing this resolution to present to the membership for consideration. We will be explaining our thinking and giving details of the resolution in a green paper to be distributed before the AGM.

NB the resolution is to endorse the development of the model for further consideration, not at this stage to change the organisational structure or governing documents: an additional EGM in the first quarter of 2015 will be required for any formal change of this nature if the resolution is passed.

Special resolution for the Centre for Human Ecology to take a position in favour of a ‘yes’ vote in the Scottish independence referendum.

The board of directors welcome the opportunity that the independence referendum offers to revision the kind of country Scotland could be and explore the kind of society we want to build. The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator permits charities to take a position on independence if it is a way of achieving our charitable objectives.

It is the view of the board of directors that Scottish independence could potentially further the charitable objectives of the CHE to improve the just relationship between humankind and the environment and relieve poverty, by creating more favourable conditions for a smaller, bioregional socially equitable economy within ecological limits. This is not an endorsement of nationalism or any political party.

Again, we will be expanding on this resolution in a green paper for distribution before the AGM for your consideration and discussion. Proxy forms for voting on these two resolutions, and the re-election of directors will also be distributed prior to the meeting.

Please also find attached call for directors if you wish to put yourself forward for election as a director at this AGM: please feel free to distribute this to your networks.

We look forward to welcoming many of you at this year’s AGM!

With warm wishes,

CHE directors Luke Devlin, Ewen Hardie, Mike McCarron, Svenja Meyerricks & Walton Pantland


Call for Directors

Notice of AGM