Has the World enough resources to sustain the current population growth?

Can World agriculture, fisheries, aquaculture and forestry sustain burgeoning populations without habitat destruction, deforestation or species/biodiversity loss? In the late 18th century Thomas Malthus wrote ‘The power of the population is so superior to the power of the Earth to produce substance for man, that premature death must in some shape or other visit the human race.’ (Wolchover,Read More…

The importance of Biodiversity. Mankind (single species) versus nature (biomes, ecosystems, biodiversity, communities and populations of multiple species); is it a winner-takes-all contest or can we live in sustainable harmony?

Background The 1992 Earth Summit in Rio led to three Conventions a year later on Climate Change, Biological Diversity and Desertification Prevention (UN). Biodiversity can be defined as the variety of life on Earth, from the genes, species, communities, to ecosystems and processes that enable life to persist over time (SANBI). The main objectives of the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) were tRead More…

EVENT: Grow Wild on Earth Day: Embrace Your Flower Power!

A warm welcome to everyone!:) As a means to celebrate Earth day, we are hosting an afternoon embracing our native Scottish wildlife, in association with Grow Wild. Grow Wild’s mission is to bring people together to value wildflowers and fungi through artistic measures. So come and join us on a warm, sunny afternoon in one of the oldest community gardens in St Andrews and learn about nativRead More…

Paw print, your pet’s carbon footprint.

Pets have co-evolved with mankind for thousands of years. Domestic dogs were thought to have evolved from domesticated grey wolves in the Middle East around 15 000 years ago. Archaeological evidence shows dog bones together with human bones from 14700 years ago, but new evidence from a 35000 year old Siberian wolf bone suggests an earlier date of between 27 and 40000 years ago after the last Ice Read More…

Seed Sowing Galore!

The gardens are
beginning to buzz as they slowly are bursting with new life.  Signs of
springs such as frog spawn, bumble bees and yellow daffodils is a sure sign that
it is time to start sowing those seeds.     While out in the Edible
Campus gardens, we have now cleared out the last of the leeks, dug up the final
jerusalem artichoke and have done a final push of weeding anRead More…

Kale Chips! recipe

It’s February and the community gardens still have food in them, including Brassicas, the cabbage family plants. Kale, cabbage, and brussels sprouts are still green and seem to shrug off the snow and frosts and even keep growing (all be it slowly). So what tasty treats can we make with these? One of my favorites is Kale Chips. For Kale Chips, all you need are: some kale leaves- washed, the tRead More…

Apple: Cambusnethan Pippin

The Guardbridge Community garden is full of surprises! Not least an apple tree with an actual name label still attached.
The Cambusnethan Pippin apple tree was struggling along, despite it’s main leader branch having been snapped, the encroachment of a very vigorous poplar sucker system, and plenty of neglect, it was still staked and gamely trying to grow towards the light. A little googling lateRead More…

Transition Thank You Meal

Join Transition for our annual Thank You Meal. If you have been a volunteer, a participant in the past or would like to join us in the future, please come along. We will have a fun and interactive visioning session before the meal, exploring “How to move the town towards Zero Carbon”. The meal will be plant based and free. Please spread the word and we will look forward to seeing you on the night.Read More…

Dreaming of a Greener Christmas?

Celebrate the festive season with some great foods and green “gift” ideas that don’t trash the planet. From great tasting plant based food to skillshares, swaps and wrapping all in a friendly informal sit, chat and relax atmosphere. Talk to our experts and trade tips whilst sampling a range of freshly made or off-the shelf foods. Whatever your diet, there will be something seasonal, tasty, hRead More…

Winter Diets UK – “Spice Up Your Meals Without Heating Up the Planet”

Written by Aisling Geraghty // Nov 7th 2018 Each day that passes, you can feel the English November chill creeping in. Perhaps you have turned your heater on full power or started to light the fire in your living room each evening. If you are like most students, your house has become its own microclimate as you desperately try and keep the warmth inside, without escalating your utility bills. It Read More…

Avocadisaster!

Written by Aisling Geraghty October, 2018 You have been lied to. Lied to by Instagram. Lied to be health blogs. Lied to by ethical eating campaigns and pretty much every facet of modern media. The avo-bubble is a sad one to pop as I also love avocados. I thought their delicious healthy fats were one of my best discoveries, especially when switching to a plant-based diet. Due to the immense pRead More…

Bounty on the Beach

Having just joined the Transition team, I am enjoying getting to grips with the seemingly infinite diversity of strands of work that we do. Last week’s University of St Andrews Orientation Week made for a perfect if exhausting showcase. I love cooking and I am always looking for some unusual (and free) ingredients so one of my favourite events was the Beach Food Forage Skillshare session, led by Read More…