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East Lothian Greens
East Lothian Greens

Why fracking and UGE is a pointless exercise ultimately harming our planet

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

by Isla Aitken

When it comes to unconventional gas extraction, there is the inevitable spin from the frackers and their buddies. And there is perhaps an element of scaremongering from those who are vehemently opposed to the process.

But in …

Think of the Forth on May the 5th

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

by Jason Rose

Sunday’s weather was glorious. It really felt like we had turned a corner and emerged from the depths of winter. We went for a family walk along the coast to Longniddry and the flat-calm azure-blue Forth was …

GROWING MUSSELBURGH - OPPORTUNITIES AND CONSTRAINTS

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

by Jason Rose

This week the Scottish Government published the latest strategy to tackle air pollution. Readers will be aware it’s a bugbear of mine; I live in Musselburgh town centre where toxic emissions from traffic are so bad the …

"GM is too powerful to be environmentally kind" – fact or fallacy?

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

by Isla Aitken

Biochemist and East Lothian Greens member Dr Ulrich Loening delighted an audience of fellow Greens in Haddington, with an in-depth talk on Genetically Modified Organisms.

Ulrich, academic board member and advisor for the Centre for Human Ecology

Laughter, tears and cake – an inside view of Autumn Conference

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

by Isla Aitken

“How many Greens does it take to change a lightbulb? If it’s an energy-saving lightbulb, it won’t need to be changed.”

The self-deprecating laughter from the audience at James from SOC’s joke was the perfect indicator of …

WHAT VOLKSWAGEN'S ATTITUDE TO REGULATIONS SAYS ABOUT FRACKING

Saturday, September 26th, 2015

By Isla Aitken

Here’s a good joke – what do Volkswagen and the UK fracking industry have in common? They’re both subject to regulations!

Yeah, it’s not very funny, is it? We’ve seen this week what attitude Volkswagen had to …

CAN WE USE CITY DEAL TO GROW A GREENER ECONOMY IN EAST LOTHIAN?

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

by Jason Rose

It’s easy to characterise East Lothian’s economy as one based on farming, food and tourism but in reality a huge chunk of local employment is in retail, and added to that you have important public sector employers

ATTAINMENT DISCREPANCIES; MAKING FURTHER EDUCATION MORE ATTRACTIVE; AND ENSURING TRUE INNOVATION AT QMU - ON EDUCATION

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

by Jason Rose

There’s been a lot of discussion lately of the SNP Government’s decision to reintroduce national testing in schools. The Tories and Labour had been agitating for it, and although the First Minister has said she doesn’t want …

SETTING FIRE TO THE FORTH - THE FACTS

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

by Isla Aitken

Is there anyone among us who doesn’t understand the impact Unconventional Gas Extraction (UGE) will have on our planet? Is there anyone who doesn’t understand the sheer unnecessary danger of engaging in Underground Coal Gasification (UCG)?

Well, …

TOPPLED CHIMNEYS REPRESENT TOWERING OPPORTUNITY

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

by Jason Rose

The gas plant isn’t going ahead and the chimneys are coming down. East Lothian’s skyline is about to undergo its biggest change for a generation.

I grew up in Tranent in the 70s and 80s and summer …