Appetite for Change

rhubarb1Great news – we have been given funding to develop the project over the next three years by the Climate Challenge Fund, as announced today.

Thanks to the Greens who fought for this fund and the SNP who backed it. Congratulations to all the other projects – who we look forward to working with in the coming months and years. Details of all the projects are here…

Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “With climate change one of the most serious threats we face globally and locally, I am very pleased to see the Climate Challenge Fund capturing the imagination of many communities across Scotland. This trail-blazing fund is empowering communities the length and breadth of Scotland to reduce their carbon footprints.”

The Climate Challenge Fun is part of a wide range of efforts by the Scottish Government to reduce Scotland’s carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2050.

More details on our development plans in the coming weeks…

  • fifediet January 26, 2009 at 20:52

    Thanks Justin. If anyone wants to read the full article he’s referring to you can click here:

  • Justin January 25, 2009 at 11:35

    Well done – what you are doing is absolutely crucial in showing we can combat climate change, deal with peak oil AND improve the quality of our lives.

    When you put forward a radical inspiring idea, you are bound to be criticised. The better the idea, the more severe the criticism.

    One criticism I read in the Sunday Times Scotland recently was that “The Fife Diet is little more than thinly disguised protectionism and it certainly won’t help Third World producers who rely on foreign markets.”

    Fairtrade between the Global South and North is of great benefit, but the vast majority of Global South agricultural producers who export to foreign markets have – in effect – seized the land from subsistence producers in order to make their profits (see and in the process impoverish those who worked the land before. Relocalising here in Scotland helps to take the power away from the landgrabbers there too.

    What can be more important in undermining the forces that (intentionally or unwittingly) are devastating the planet, than showing that there is an alternative which we can enact here, and in doing so support the poor elsewhere too?

    When they throw muck, you know you’re on to something: dig it in, and enrich the soil!


  • Brian January 23, 2009 at 14:39

    Congratulations and great work. I just hope it’s not too little too late

  • Eva January 19, 2009 at 13:58

    CONGRATULATIONS on your funding!! I’m really excited about this – what you’re doing is going to be really important for the rest of Scotland – and beyond. we should speak soon and make sure that Transition in Fife is really well tied in with this too.

    Well done! Eva

  • Jenni Davies January 18, 2009 at 20:49

    Well done, congratulations! I read the Scotsmans coverage here:

  • Zillah January 16, 2009 at 19:34

    Congratulations, Mike. That’s a fantastic achievement.

    Look forward to hearing about future plans.