Climate Beacons

UPDATE: 2 FEB 2023 | Col Gordon

If you’ve attended a Climate Beacons event, you’ve probably met Col…

Col Gordon is a researcher and farmer’s son who’s based near Invergordon in the Easter Ross, where he grows heritage grains and helps his father raise livestock. He narrated and co-produced the podcast series “Landed” with Farmerama Radio, which investigates the past, present and future of the family farm model through the lens of colonialism.

Col’s also a director/ trustee of numerous organisations including The Shieling Project, Highland Good Food Partnership and Scotland the Bread as well as an advisor to the Gaia Foundation’s Seed Sovereignty programme.

Col will be helping to host the Climate Beacon’s events.

UPDATE: 20 December 2022

Join us for a series of events next year as part of Climate Beacons!

The Climate Beacons event and film programme focuses on climate issues in Scotland and beyond, covering themes like land justice, fishing & forestry, sea lore & coastal ecology and common land practices.

Each event with be hosted alongside talks and discussions with the idea that it is an event that allows conversation, engagement and a chance for everyone to dissect the themes.

Our programme will kick off in Bower Hall on 10th of January and run until mid-March, at different locations across Caithness and East Sutherland.

To see all of the events that are on offer, please click here

‘Climate Beacons is a Scotland-wide collaborative project between climate change or environmental organisations and arts, heritage or cultural organisations to stimulate long-term public engagement in the lead-up to and following COP26.’

For more info on Climate Beacons, please click here


UPDATE: 14 February 2022

The Bare Project have created a short film from their time at Lyth Arts Centre in Caithness and offer the sketched beginnings of the giants they discovered in their time here.

The film was created through a collaboration between filmmaker Regina Mosch, artist/researcher Malaika Cunningham, and sound designer/composer Lee Affen.

Watch the film below…

The Land for Those that Work It: Caithness and East Sutherland Climate Beacon 

In collaboration with Timespan and the Environmental Research Institute (University of Highlands & Islands), we’ve been selected as a Creative Carbon Scotland Climate Beacon for a collaborative engagement programme around the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26). Titled The Land for Those That Work It, our Climate Beacon will look at issues of land justice, development policies and initiatives for our region, and climate colonialism. 

Alongside new commissions, we will be launching a podcast of discussions and artist radio broadcasts and launching our travelling community cinema across Caithness and Sutherland.

As part The Land for Those That Work It LAC has commissioned The People’s Palace of Possibility in collaboration with The Bare Project and the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (University of Glasgow). The People’s Palace of Possibility will recruit Palace Citizens, made up of young people and local groups, to challenge the prevailing consensus on land and climate justice through radical acts of imagination. 

Timespan will also be assembling a working group of community organisers, historians and lawyers to commission an actionable immigration policy for the Highlands based on social justice, the Highland’s role in Empire, reparations, the asymmetric violence of climate change and land redistribution. 

This project will put Caithness and Sutherland at the heart of global climate conversations, prioritising rural and coastal voices in a field when they are often ignored.

Please check the website and socials for updates and info on how to get involved!

Find out more about Climate Beacons here