Entries by Mike

Somersaulting out of a Cave of Gold: thoughts on the current and future condition of the Gàidhealtachd


Words by Iain Mackinnon. Illustration by Pearse O' Halloran.“Let me begin by stating something that might seem obvious: isolation is an important tool, and a devastating result, of colonization. …the colonized society as a whole is made to think of itself as entirely alone in the universe – completely vulnerable and unprotected. At...

Why we need cosmological limits to growth


Dr Katharina Richter on the cultural direction of socio ecological transformations. Illustrations by Deborah Mullen.Degrowth is a big tent, peopled by ecological economists, political ecologists, activists, (eco)feminists, anthropologists, artists, researchers, students, political scientists, sociologists, and many more. Participants in a social movement, degrowthers are often both researchers and activists. They provide compelling answers to...

Re-Membering the Tuath


Forms of traditional ecological knowledge that have been erected since antiquity in Scotland are ripe for re-imagining. Col Gordon explores ways in which a renewed application of these methods can help transition to sustainable, locally-appropriate forms of agriculture in the post fossil-fuel era.“I hear the storm. They talk to me about progress, about ‘achievements’;...

Other Worlds


Degrowth and Ecology: a Silent PlantingLast night we launched our new issue with the magnificent Stove Network in Dumfries. You can pick up a copy from there, and in the coming weeks across Scotland- check the list of our Hubs here for updates, or order a bundle to help share and distribute by contacting...

LESS #4 – Call for Contributions


LESS is a journal on degrowth, radical sufficiency and decolonisation in Scotland. Issue 4: the ecology issue.With Glasgow's COP26 fading into history as another milestone in industrial civilisations' failure to reckon seriously with the root causes of climate change, the limitations of our ability to handle diffuse, complex risk becomes clearer. Our national and global...

Freedom is an Attitude: Land, Craft, and Rebellion in The Highlands


Affordable access to secure, decent housing was difficult enough for many before the pandemic. Afterwards, it’s even worse. Buyers fleeing urban environments for an ‘improved quality of life’ have created a particularly overheated property market in the Highlands and Islands. Rural areas already suffering from depopulation and chronic housing shortages for locals, especially young...

Education for Transformation: Rethinking education in a time of ecological and social crisis


It is only by mainlining the adoption of degrowth education that Scotland can begin to move to systems of educational practice that begin to address the multiple emergencies we face, writes Mark Langdon, member of the newly established Anti-Capitalist Education Network. Illustration by Andy Arthur.There is a great quote by Bill Shankly (the famous...

Wasted Opportunity: Decoupling Social Mobility from Resource Consumption


Kate Chambers on the class divisions and social inequality exposed by the pandemic, and the environmental imperative to decouple social mobility from growth and resource consumption.During the global pandemic, Naomi Klein asked the newly furloughed classes, those of us who could afford the luxury of isolation, the ones framed in opposition to ‘key workers’:“What...