Upcoming Events

Contribute to ScotGov’s Good Food Nation consultation at 5.30pm for 6.00-8.45pm Wednesday 27 March at Paterson’s Land Room 1.26, Moray House School of Education, Holyrood Rd / St John’s St, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ. Free refreshments.

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Watch a new 30 minute documentary “Rocks, Crofts and Sheep” by Zev Robinson on crofting in the Outer Hebrides as a spark to consider what sort of Food future we really seek in Scotland … and how to achieve it.

Miesbeth Knottenbelt from Nourish Scotland and Mark Ruskell MSP will open up discussion on what the Scottish Food Coalition says is a vital question: Should Scotland legislate for Good Food?
The “Consultation on Good Food Nation Proposals for Legislation“, launched in December, has just four questions and there appears a reluctance to join the dots on food poverty / food banks, soil erosion, climate disruption, chemical poisoning of the earth, insect loss and the social carnage of austerity.
Join City of Edinburgh Sustainability Champion Clr George Gordon and Mark Ruskell, MSP to help draw a new Food Vision before the deadline of 29 March! All welcome.

“BURNED: Are trees the new coal?” screening of award winning film 5.30 for 6-8.30pm Monday 1 April Paterson’s Land G43 Holyrood Rd / St John’s St, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ Free refreshments

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This 74 minute documentary reveals the shocking destruction of forests for “biofuel” and resulting carbon emissions – more than from coal-burning. Plus discussion led by Biofuelwatch.
The UK is the world’s biggest importer of wood pellets, mostly burned by Drax in Yorkshire. Several Scottish power stations burn wood for electricity, the largest in Markinch, Fife.
Although the Scottish power stations only burn UK-sourced wood, this big new demand forces other wood users to import even more wood from as far away as South America.
While Westminster has scrapped subsidies for new onshore wind and solar power, Drax alone gets £2 million every single day for burning imported wood pellets.

www.transitionedinburgh.org.uk / www.biofuelwatch.org.uk

Join an informal blether / information sharing over a drink to hear about Scottish Timber for Sustainable Construction
– a SEDA / AECB / RS Green Drinks – 6-9pm Thursday 4 April
at Paterson’s Land Room G21, Moray House School of Education, Holyrood Road / St John’s Street, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ.
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Hear about the availability of good construction quality softwood and hardwood timber in small sawmills throughout Scotland. Presentations by Nick Marshall, coordinator of the Association of Scottish Hardwood Sawmillers (ASHS) and by Daniel Ridley-Ellis, Institute for Sustainable Construction at Napier University
Scotland has a resource of timber that comes from both the public and private estates. It is suitable for a range of uses from firewood through construction timber to characterful pieces used by furniture makers.
Connecting the parts of this supply chain has been and remains a challenge for the industry. Discussion will include how to grade this timber to satisfy structural engineers.
If you’ve used Scottish timber – from a local sawmill or using a mobile sawmill directly from the forest – you’re welcome to share your experience (bring a max of five slides for a five minute talk)
Free entrance – refreshments from 6pm for those that come early!

More information including SEDA membership at www.seda.uk.net/
Association for Environment Conscious Building https://www.aecb.net/
Association of Scottish Hardwood Sawmillers www.ashs.co.uk/

Join first discussions about Edinburgh’s planned Food Growing Strategy at 6pm for 6.30-8.30pm Thursday 18 April at Paterson’s Land Room G43, Moray House School of Education, Holyrood Rd / St John’s St, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ.

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Meet two visiting Australians – Caroline Kemp and Duncan McNaught – sharing exciting stories of an Edible Public Realm experiment 2009-2017; and hear from Community Garden advocates from across Edinburgh.

Caroline and Duncan are on a European tour exploring urban agriculture initiatives and sharing their experience: Urban Food Street: Synergies of community, public realm & fresh food.
The suburban streetscape of Buderim on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast has wide verges with grassy swales – part of sustainable urban drainage systems to capture and filter rain water and prevent sediment reaching the rivers.
In 2009 residents planted these verges with limes and created Australia’s first edible public realm. Over time people planted more fruit plus cooking herbs and vegetables. By 2015 900 kg of bananas, 300 cabbages and much more were grown in an area across an 11-street grid rich with seasonal fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices.
The community had access to fresh food, reduced car journeys to distant shops and a healthier life style – both walking and engagement with neighbours. It created a sense of cohesion, encouraged new forms of community participation, walking, and healthier eating. Most people were involved in either planting, watering or jam-making.
Sadly and inexplicably the local authority was unable to recognise the benefits to urban habitat, environment and human health. They destroyed it saying that it was a safety risk, despite no recorded injury in 8 years. Only the edible species on the verge was destroyed, ornamental plant species were left. Since then a cost / benefit analysis of the project identified a staggering 70 dollars returned in public benefit for every dollar invested.

Come and watch a most amazing documentary film about life in the capital of Brazil: “BRASILIA: Life After Design”
with Iberodocs + SEDA & Camões – 6-9pm Thursday 25 April
Adam Lecture Theatre / Room 1.264, School of Law, Old College, South Bridge EH8 9YL.
Refreshments from 6pm. Film at 6.30pm.
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The city of Brasília – capital of Brazil – is a mythical place: a concrete utopia born out of the desert.
In 1956 at the rebirth of Brazilian democracy, visionary architect Oscar Niemeyer 1907-2012 and urbanist Lúcio Costa 1902-1998 invented an urban plan and structures that would attempt to micromanage the daily activity of human life.
The goal was to create the space that would birth “the new Brazilian citizen”. Now the stark beauty of the city acts as a backdrop to isolation, changing values, and the dynamic power and politics of today’s Brazil.
Absolute treat for architects + all interested in Latin American culture today” “Highly topical given recent election of a new President of Brazil

Bart Simpson • Canada, UK 2017 • 88 min • Portuguese and English with English Subtitles • Documentary
An IberoDocs event in collaboration with Scottish Ecological Design Association and Camões, Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua, Portugal.
Trailer: BRASILIA: Life After Design Review: Point of View
Free entrance, £5 suggested donation (£4 SEDA members and students) to cover the cost of the film licence.