Mike Wignall addressing the April 25 Climater Emergency session at City Chambers

Transition Edinburgh Activities 2018-19

The last year was a busy one for Transition Edinburgh – the community-led network connecting and supporting individuals and groups, initiating practical projects that strive for a greener, fairer, healthier and more resilient Edinburgh.  These highlights focus on our concerns: Energy, Food Sovereignty; Air Pollution / Transport, Plastics + Climate Crisis.

Imagining Edinburgh city in 2050

Following Fire Starter Festival events in February on a Just Transition for Scotland and a Carbon Neutral Edinburgh we co-hosted a visioning process in June with many of the city’s heritage bodies.  60 people gathered at the City Chambers to explore what needs changing and how.  Councillor Neil Gardiner, convener of the Planning Committee, responded positively to the ideas shared. 

Food Sovereignty

A stakeholder gathering on a Sustainable Food City Plan in June explored how a diversity of initiatives in Edinburgh – food growing, healthy eating, availability of fresh local produce, reducing food waste and ending food poverty – could be brought together on some sort of online hub, gateway or map.  We contributed to Kitchen Table Talks with Nourish Scotland and Scottish Food Coalition – aiming for a strong Good Food Nation Bill. 

Plastics / Circular Economy

An interactive workshop with Nicola Peel explored the impacts of our oil addiction.  Nicola  promoted open sourced machines to chip and melt plastic into new saleable products.

More recently this February a Plastic Problems: Human Solutions workshop explored what can be done about the plastic plague to free us from fossil-fueled plastic addiction.  Our Circular Economy working group – jointly with Friends of the Earth Edinburgh – is looking into strategies for reducing single use plastic packaging. 

Healthy Streets

We gathered the city’s Sustainable Active Travel advocates in May to discuss ways to promote an attractive and livable city and cut ill-health caused by vehicles congesting the city of Edinburgh. This was just before launch of City Centre Transformation consultations.

Climate Emergency

The climate crisis loomed large in early 2019.  We jointly hosted, with Councillor Karen Doran, a successful Climate Emergency forum in the City Chambers.  In May we spoke at two deputations to the City Council urging a 2030 target for the Declaration of a Climate Emergency for Edinburgh and the creation of a Climate Emergency partnership.  As a result of the deputations we have met with City Councilors to discuss how to implement these challenging initiatives for the city and the wider environment.

Join our Working Groups

In all this work we have collaborated with a wide range of civil society organisations. 
We invite you to get involved with one of the above strands of work by joining one of the action teams progressing each topic.  See these at and visit our members page

Mike, Johanna, Reem, Katharina, Pat and David,  TE trustees, 19 June 2019

Transition Edinburgh:  Collective hopes for 2018

On Friday 26 January friends and supporters sat down for a convivial evening meal at the Greyfriars Charteris Centre on the Pleasance.  A new social enterprise “Prep Table” offers pop-up Friday community meals and fifteen of us went along for a delicious two-course meal for just £12.  See Fiona’s next one on

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June Transition Edinburgh networking meeting will be on Wednesday June 5 2013, 19.00 – 21.00 in Pentland Community Centre Oxgangs Brae EH13 9LS.

This is on 4, 5, 16, and 27 bus routes.
Speaker  Nick Croft   Corporate Policy and Strategy Development Manager, City of Edinburgh Council.
Task   Take forward plans for a two day sustainability event at the end of

Invitations have gone out to many community groups. Individuals are welcome of course. Please let me know if you intend to come  by email to

Public meeting: Hydroelectric Power generation in Dean Village

Tuesday 22nd September 2009 at 7.30pm

Dean Parish Church Hall, Dean Path

The City of Edinburgh Council has identified a number of sites along the Water of Leith suitable for placing micro hydroelectric power generators. One such site is the lower weir downstream from West Mill in Dean Village. The generator would provide 50 – 60kw of power. Once in place it would generate power continuously with only occasional servicing. The power generated would be sold to the grid, thus providing an income. Continue reading “Public meeting: Hydroelectric Power generation in Dean Village”

Comrie Climate Change Conference June 5th – June 7th 2009

Dear All

Please find attached the Booking Form and Final Programme for the Comrie Climate Change Conference from June 5th – June 7th 2009.

The booking form is a pdf – if you can, please send it back electronically, or fill in and scan.  If not please send it by post to Emma Margrett, Comrie Development Trust, 5 Dunira Street, Comrie, Perthshire, PH6 2LJ. Continue reading “Comrie Climate Change Conference June 5th – June 7th 2009”