Annual temperature increase since 1884 in Scotland

Green new year resolutions from the Transition team

Climate change-driven fires burning up Australia, biblical floods in Indonesia, and the hottest decade on record worldwide…2020 is not even one month old and the news headlines are already sounding alarm bells about the climate crisis unfolding around us. Words from the 2018 IPCC report, still ringing in our ears, feel even more urgent just now: we only have until 2030, 10 years away, to fuRead More…

Pittarthie Christmas Fayre!

On Saturday 14 December, from 11am to 2pm, was the date in the diary for the annual Pittarthie Christmas Fayre. Tansy Torkington reflects on the day. Without further ado, a massive thanks and a big shout out to Patrick, Caroline and Angus for hosting this annual event. If it was not for your hospitality and craziness, the event would not have been such a success. Oh and let us not forget Read More…

Interhall Environment Competition Over November 2019

The Winner of the first semester is… Congratulations to Deans Court for winning first place over November! They stole the show with the highest reduction in their energy consumption; the lowest food waste per person, which they share with St Salvatores; and their continued action in supporting and monitoring wildlife in their halls. In 2nd place is Andrew Melville for their efforts aRead More…

We Have the Best Volunteers!

It goes without saying that the community gardens have the best volunteers! One would think that December is a quiet month in the garden, not with our amazing team. While there is not much photosynthesising, there has been great growth in team building, friendship and good old relaxing (but productive) fun! The Uni Hall and Whitethorn teams have paired up to support each other in the gardensRead More…

Loving Leaf Mulch

This time every year we witness the leaves from the trees change colour and fall to the ground, their job of making energy for the trees to grow is over but their work does not end there. The leaves are full of nutrients and carbon which we are eager to put back into the soil. The task of raking, collecting, leaf blowing, stock piling and shipping begins. For the gardeners and veg growers,Read More…

Interhall Environment Competition

Inspiring Change Through Competition It is back! With almost two years of absence, the competition has made its comeback this year academic year (2019-20). In the past, it focused solely on residences competing against one another to lower their energy consumption. Now, the scope of the competition has widened massively. Points are rewarded to halls for taking initiative on: saving enerRead More…

Climate conversations are heating up for the Autumn

This October, Transition University of St Andrews are joining forces with St Andrews Photography Festival and St Andrews University’s Green Week for a special edition of our Climate Conversations workshops allowing locals to come together to discuss their climate concerns, positive visions of low carbon future and personal climate action. It was a scary Summer in climate news: record July Read More…

Travelling towards a zero carbon St Andrews: an open meeting

We will be holding the second “Towards a Zero Carbon St Andrews” open action planning event on Tuesday 5th March at 5pm in the Arts Lecture Theatre, The Scores. We are extending an invitation to residents and groups to consider “How can we travel smarter and more sustainably in the future?” With travel being a major contributor to climate change and also being one of the most resistant tRead More…

Is the future worth a conversation?

We all know that climate change is the biggest challenge currently facing humanity and that we all need to take action now. But it is often confusing, overwhelming and hard to even talk about.   Yet talking about climate change can be one of the most powerful things you can do!  So join a group of concerned locals for a relaxed chat about Read More…

A photo of Main Kernel Plot

Improving the soil at the Urban Farm

This is just a quick catch-up to welcome in the New Year. Before Christmas we had been busy working on our bed preparation on the farm. We have altered the pH, making it more acidic by adding some elemental sulfur. Hopefully this will bring it closer to the optimum pH of 6.5 where the most amount of nutrients are available to the plants. We are also adding some food and soil life with a layer Read More…

IPPC report 2018 cover

Transition voices on the new IPCC report

The most recent in the long series of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports hit the headlines early this month with a warning that we only have 12 years to take action if we are to keep the world from warming beyond 1.5C. This most recent summary of research on climate change indicates that 1.5C target is both affordable and feasible but will require urgent and drastic action from govRead More…