ABERDEENSHIRE BUS QUESTIONNAIRE – IMPORTANT


YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE – FILL IN THIS SURVEY

There are just a few days left to respond to Aberdeenshire Council’s transport survey. The Council is doing a ‘clean sheet’ consultation about services and what is required by Aberdeenshire’s citizens.

Please click on the link below to the Aberdeenshire Council Transport survey. The closing date is next Monday 9th December 2019. So people still have time to give their valuable view on the future of Bus Services in Aberdeenshire.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SYRQ3QV

Cllr Paul Johnston
Democratic Independent
Aberdeenshire Council
07799582879

www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk


CLIMATE EMERGENCY

Some things can be said simply.

p.s. This post can refer to local as well as national leadership.


THINKING ALOUD

I am wondering with the Conservative party under prime minister BOJO and the proposed suspension of democracy, if the Liberal Democrats will continue to support the coalition locally led by Conservatives.

How much does it take for them to stop giving Conservatives the credibility they clearly do not now deserve in positions of authority .


CAFE SCIENTIFIQUE AUTUMN 2019

The University of Aberdeen is holding a public science cafe – all invited.

Cafe Scientifique

Autumn 2019 Programme

Enjoy a coffee with a slice of science this autumn with the brand-new Aberdeen Café Scientifique programme, starting 21 August 2019

Hope to see you there!

These events are FREE, no booking required.
The nearest parking available is at Harriet Street car park.

Cafe Scientifique – It’s in the rock! Clues about climate change

Wednesday 21 August
19:00 – 20:30
Kino Bar – Belmont Filmhouse

Join Dr Amanda Owen (University of Glasgow) and Dr Alena Ebinghaus (University of Aberdeen) to discover the hidden signs of climate change and better understand the impact that this has on our environment. Tackling present-day climate change is an immense challenge and its long-term consequences are not fully understood yet. Here we will talk about the clues of climate change hidden in Earth’s history and what we can learn from it.

Admission is FREE
No Booking Required
For more info click HERE


LEADING COUNCILLORS REACTION TO PLASTIC RIVERS REPORT

Aberdeenshire Councillor and waste campaigner, Paul Johnston has reacted positively to the report by Earthwatch’s researchers working with Plastic Oceans UK, an NGO commissioning research.

“The list contains materials where we largely have alternatives so its perfectly possible to get change via regulation and education as well as civic action.” said the Democratic Independent Councillor. “so the message is ‘YES WE CAN’ However, there are materials that require a major effort. No 3 on the list of pollutants is smoking litter along with its packaging. This needs a significant effort by legislators and/or enforcement work. We already have litter fines – but Councils would need the support of government if they were simply to try and tackle this by simple enforcement alone.”

On the report itself, Councillor Johnston said:

“The report highlighted many actions individuals can do and ones which can be done by local people or Councils. Its positive reading and i would urge examination of the report in detail by everyone who wants to see a sustainable future.”

“I do however, accept that there is a role for politicians, legislators and public servants in progressing all of this. This report is a great ‘heads up’ for everyone involved.”

The Plastic Rivers report, published today (8 April) in association with Plastic Oceans UK, has analysed data from nine studies of freshwater sources across the UK and Europe, revealing the top ten plastic pollutants in the UK’s rivers and lakes.

Here is the list and Cllr Johnston’s reactions in parenthesis.

The top 10 plastic pollutants in rivers and lakes:

  1. Plastic bottles and lids
  • These can be very largely dealt with by a DRS in Scotland (Deposit Return Scheme)

Food wrappers (crisp packets and sweet wrappers)

  • Extended PRS (Producer Responsibility Scheme)cwill create systems for collection such as Terracycle, as well as compostable alternatives.

Cigarette butts

  • This needs debated. Is enforcement of existing laws being done?

Sanitary items (nappies, sanitary towels, tampons and wet wipes)

  • The subject of a debate in the EU about separate collections?

Plastic or polystyrene takeaway containers

  • Full environment friendly alternatives exist.

Cotton bud sticks

  • Full environment friendly alternatives exist.

Plastic or polystyrene cups

  • Full environment friendly alternatives exist.

Smoking-related packaging

  • As per 3 above

Plastic straws, stirrers and cutlery

  • Full environment friendly alternatives exist.

Plastic bags

  • Full environment friendly alternatives exist.

To access the full report, click here.

Ends

Councillor Paul Johnston is leader of the Democratic Independent and green Group on Aberdeenshire Council and campaigners on zero waste and circular economy issues.


JUST ENTERPRISE – A COURSE FOR ASPIRING SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS – 9 MAY 2019

For new or aspiring social entrepreneurs, inspirational leadership is critical to their organisation’s initial success.

This one day introduction to leadership is an ideal starting point for individuals who are thinking of starting a social enterprise or who have recently started one.

Attendees will:

  • Learn what is meant by leadership and the key responsibilities of a leader
  • Strengthen their understanding of the key traits of a good leader
  • Reflect on their own strengths and areas of development
  • Engage with leadership and motivation theories
  • Explore the next steps in their leadership development

Date: Thursday 9th May 2019
Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm
Location: Fly Cup Catering, Inverurie, AB51 4FS

Through the support of the Scottish Government we are able to offer this leadership programme FREE OF CHARGE

If you have not already booked for this event, don’t delay as places are offered on a strict first come, first served basis. Secure your place here: Booking Form

For more information, contact Louise on 0141 404 0088 or leadership


WHAT ABOUT OUR RESOURCES -THIS IS WHAT THE COMMUNITY RESOURCES NETWORK DOES.

This infographic explains what Community social enterprises do in Scotland when it comes to making the most of our resources, rather than waste them. If you are part of a community group that wants to do something about not wasting our resources, then why not get your group to join CRNS or become an individual supporter.

CRNS_Infographic2019-1.pdf