We are delighted to invite you to our first live in-person event for some time: a workshop on how to navigate our time of multiple crises by exploring perspectives on how patriarchal thinking, habits and systems affect us, The workshop will be delivered by facilitator and longtime CHE Fellow Verene Nicolas. 

The workshop will be in Glasgow at In The Moment Centre for Movement and Wellbeing, 10-4 Saturday September 26th 2020. We have an inclusive fee structure to make the event as accessible as possible. 

We are very conscious of our responsibility to minimise the risk of Covid-19 transmission and as such, this event has a strictly limited capacity, so we recommend booking as soon as possible if you are interested. Thorough protocols will be in place and details of this will be distributed to participants. We are monitoring all guidance and in the event of a change of local guidance in Glasgow, we will offer an alternative digital workshop. 

Find out more, and register at the following link: 


Details and Registration

We look forward to seeing some of you there. 



New Online Short Course
6 Weeks Running 6 Oct – 10 Nov 2020
Tuesday evenings, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

The Centre for Human Ecology and Enough! Scotland are offering an online short course (delivered via Zoom) which will introduce participants to the historic gains and problems of economic growth and the principles of degrowth and ecological economics. The course will discuss different frameworks for an economics of radical sufficiency – meeting fundamental human needs and promoting new rhythms and ways of working for a more just and sustainable world.

The course will also introduce exciting new ideas and projects which promote the flourishing of degrowth principles in a Scottish context

The course will not be assessed, although course participants will receive a certificate of completion from the Centre for Human Ecology. All participants will be asked to practically engage with the course material by forming peer learning groups and to undertake an inquiry of an area in their life and work which engages with principles of degrowth. They will be asked to present their findings back to the group in the last session.

Check the COURSE OVERVIEW in the course page.

Course Pricing:

This course has been developed collaboratively by CHE, Enough!, Lorenzo Velotti and Martin Krobath, working according to co-operative values. We are making the handbook freely available to all under a Creative Commons licence. The production of the course content has required a substantial amount of research, design, delivery and resources. We wish to 'practice what we preach' with regards to a course that examines degrowth economics and as such, no one will be prevented from accessing the course for financial reasons. At the same time, we uphold the value of academic labour and knowledge creation, and ask participants to discern how they are able to help sustainably resource this kind of work, within the limits of our current exchange economy and a pandemic downturn. As such, we are offering several levels of suggested course fee contributions, and invite you to consider the level most suitable to you. All income from this course will go towards our co-operative educational and charitable work.


£200- Solidarity
This rate is for those with access to organisational training budgets, sufficient income, or who wish to financially support the course and our work. It's also a rate in solidarity with those who are participating who are not able to make a financial contribution.

£150- Waged
This rate is for those on an average income or above who are in the position to cover approximately the full per-person delivery cost of the course.

£80- Concessions
This rate is for those on a below-average income who are in the position to make a contribution which will cover around half the per-person delivery cost of the course.

FREE or pay what you can -
This rate is for those who, for any reason whatsoever, are not in the position to make contributions at the above rates. Any financial contribution is valued- if you sincerely cannot at this time, this is not a barrier to your participation.

Applying for the course:

To request a space on the course, please fill in the application form by Sunday 13th September. We will get back to applicants a few days later.

If you have any further, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with ‘Online Degrowth Course’ in the subject heading. Thank you!


The poster can be downloaded here.


The Centre for Human Ecology is featured on the Necessity website, which has just been launched at necessity.info .

Necessity is a living archive rooted in social and environmental justice. The site aims to share stories, learning and research from across the UK. It supports communities to strengthen and adapt to ongoing economic and climate challenges. It also offers funding to increase the capacity of people, projects and networks within the UK. 

Necessity is a development platform, and as such it continually changes as it gathers new information, investigates pressing emerging issues and fosters collaboration. It aims to contribute to a world that imagines living without profit as its bottom line and growth, extraction and consumption as its drivers; facing up to the deep contradictions within our lives and current systems; sharing potential ways of creating change.

Necessity is a site for experiments, encouraging honesty about failure as much as success. It is a place through which individuals and communities that experience exclusion can share their voices, experiences and wisdom.  It seeks to give shape to a bias to the margins and the deep belief that market-driven economies are failing the planet and people. 

Please share this site with anyone you think may be interested. As you will see the site is launching with the following three core features:

  • Living Archive - Information of over 60 projects/networks working in social and environmental justice.
  • Funding Opportunities - first round £300k being made available for Community Investigation - apply via site
  • Resource Library - helpful videos, reports and links to share and develop learning and capacity.


The Centre for Human Ecology presents an online reading group for CHE Fellow Alastair McIntosh's new book, 'Riders On The Storm', published by Birlinn

Upon registration for the book group, you will receive a discount code for 10% off the book.

The group will take the form of four weekly hour-long discussions, with Alastair himself taking part in a Q &A on the book on the final session on September 24th.

You can purchase the book in paperback and ebook format here: https://birlinn.co.uk/product/riders-on-the-storm/
Here you can find the Zoom link.

About Riders On The Storm
In this profound new book, Alastair McIntosh explores the science, psychology and spirituality of climate change. He summarises the up-to-date science and shows the damage caused both by climate-change denial as well as exaggeration. In outlining the technological and policy options to cut greenhouse gases, he argues that neither will be anywhere near sufficient unless we grasp the ‘twin drivers’ – namely, world population and excess consumption - in ways that deepen people’s dignity and freedom.

This book’s enduring importance will lie in the uniqueness of the remedies proposed: our urgent need to reconnect with the earth, to build community, and own inner lives of depth psychology and even spirituality. This transforms climate change into a chance to discover deeper aspects of our humanity. The result is a scintillating guide to what it takes to make us riders on the storm.
Sep 3, 2020 07:00 PM
Sep 10, 2020 07:00 PM
Sep 17, 2020 07:00 PM
Sep 24, 2020 07:00 PM

The recording of the Live Zoom Book Launch to celebrate the publication of Riders on the Storm: The Climate Crisis and the Survival of Being by Alastair McIntosh can be found on the University of Glasgow's Zoom page.


The event took place on Aug 13, 2020 at 07:00 PM hour of London

Alastair was in conversation with Professor Alison Phipps, holder of the UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration at Glasgow University.

The launch was hosted by Birlinn books in partnership with Climate Fringe and the Centre for Human Ecology.