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Consultation Response on the Future of Land Reform in Scotland

AlastairMcIntoshCHE Fellow Alastair McIntosh has made a submission on behalf of the Centre to the Scottish Governments’ Consultation on the Future of Land Reform in Scotland.

The submission is available to read at the following link (pdf):

Alastair McIntosh’s Submission to the Consultation on the Future of Land Reform in Scotland on behalf of the Centre for Human Ecology

Beyond Food Banks? Growing a Food Justice Movement in Scotland

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Free but ticketed: tickets available at this link: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beyond-food-banks-growing-a-food-justice-movement-in-scotland-tickets-15197338649

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 info@che.ac.uk

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) http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/895047

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 www.living-organically.com

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: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/864936

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 info@che.ac.uk