At the turn of the millenium, the Centre continued to deliver its highly-regarded MSc in Human Ecology, validated by the Open University, until 2005 when this partnership ended and the Centre joined the University of Strathclyde as part of its Department of Geography and Sociology. The final cohort entered the MSc programme in 2008, when departmental restructuring and differing academic priorities meant the partnership with the University of Strathclyde could not continue and the Centre once again became independent.

2001: Spring Lecture series: Mission- Possible? Recipes for Restoring the Earth

The empowered community: Taking control of our lives in Strathfillan
: John Willey,Community Activist and Marina Martin (VetAid)

Great cosmic Mother: Monica Sjoo, Ecofeminist and artist and Norah Barnes (Earthships)

Green for Go: Sustainable Transport Solutions: Sarah Boyack MSP, Scottish Transport Minister and Cathy Scott (Sciennes Safe Routes to School)

Transforming Scotland: Women, Power and Place: Verene Nicolas, CHE fellow and Rhona Brown (EnAct for women)

Who put the BSE into our cows?: Mark Purdey, Organic Farmer and Caroline Hoffmann (Scottish Green Party)

DEBATE: Is the world safe in the hands of big business? Kevin Dunion, FoE Scotland Director, Matthew Farrow, CBI Scotland and Mandy Calder (John Muir Trust)

2001: Autumn Lecture series:

Dr Ulrich Loening (Emeritus Director of Centre for Human Ecology) will give lectures which put the human ecological predicament into perspectives gathered in 30 years at the Centre for Human Ecology. Examples of the implications for daily life are taken mainly from agriculture, since feeding the world is the greatest challenge ecologically, economically and technically.

Civilisation runs on Natural Capital: All civilisations have squandered the accumulated wealth of the biosphere and either moved on or died out. Can we now become stewards and reverse this ultimate contradiction?

Energy and Order is the Ultimate Currency: All life including human activities exists by the continuous dissipation of energy. Accounting of resources and renewability must complement economic accounting.

You can never do merely one thing: In any complex system- environment, agricultures, society- any action will have many effects- the butterfly flapping its wings effect.

Nothing exceeds like success: The excess and waste of society stretch beyond the limits to growth. Alternatives include a new economics and the developments of appropriate technologies.

Science speaks the truth and nothing but the truth but nowhere near the whole truth: A curriculum that changes the emphasis to one of questioning and discovery is urgently needed, for better public and political understanding of science and ecology.

Old assumptions and new directions of progress are questioned: Meeting fundamental human needs depends on communities integrating with their ecosystems. Humanity is obliged to be stewards and agriculture must become Agri-Culture.

Bringing the Principles into View (slide show): Examples of prime and degraded forests, agricultural regeneration, and our friends in human ecology from around the world.

In October 2001 ‘Soil and Soul’ by Alastair McIntosh is published.

2002: In February 2002 a cross-sectoral consortium of voluntary organisations, “EQUAL”, approached the Centre for Human Ecology (CHE) to undertake a study into job opportunities for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) people in Scotland. This followed on from the CHE’s earlier work on cultural inclusion in Scotland, particularly its close involvement in the and also, the follow-up report of CHE’s Embracing Multicultural Scotland project, Who’s a Real Scot?, published in April 2000.

CHE joins EMPOWER Scotland, a partnership fighting racism and xenophobia in the workplace across Scotland.

2002: Spring Lecture series: Human Ecology: The Dynamics of Change

The Dynamics of Non-Violent Change: Helen Steven, Scottish Centre for Non-Violence, Dunblane

Patterns of Place: The archaeology of landscape change in the Scottish highlands from prehistory to the present Strat Halliday & Steve Boyle, Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historic Monuments of Scotland

Real Change for the Real World? Putting environmental theory into business practice for Scotland: John Forbes, Business advisor for the Business Environment Partnership in Edinburgh & the Lothians

What do we mean by transformation? A theory and practice of conscious change: Nick Wilding, Executive Director 1996 – 1999 and current Fellow of CHE. Trainer and consultant, action for transformation within local
communities and grassroots organisations.

Education: Role and response-ability- Can we create a more ecological paradigm in education to meet the challenge of Rio and the 2002 World Summit. What key changes in education and learning does sustainability really imply? Stephen Sterling, author and independent consultant in environmental and sustainable education. Co-director, Bureau for Environmental Education and Training

The Illusion of Growth: Monetary reform as an essential step towards sustainability: Richard Douthwaite, independent author, lecturer and consultant on new economics

Decay & Change: Biodiversity – where do we go from here? Professor Aubrey Manning, writer, broadcaster (including the
presentation of Earth Story) and Emeritus Professor of Natural History, University of Edinburgh

In July 2002 the Centre delivered a two-week summer residential workshop on ‘Training for Transformation’. Training for Transformation originated from the DELTA programme in Central and South Africa 30 years ago. It is now organised in the UK by RootSolution.
This exciting programme combines discovery and learning at the personal, interpersonal and wider society dimensions of life. It explores community action focused on people’s own experiences. The training also encourages reflection on social issues, personal growth, listening, organisation, leadership, conflict and change.

 

 

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