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Community Fund – Clipperton Project – September Update

Throughout September, we’ve been delivering an 8-week programme of outdoor creative and environmental activities for local children called Curiosity Club.

The club has been going really well and we’ve been lucky to have a core group of children who enthusiastically come along each week – come rain or shine!

The children have been learning how to use the environment around them to get inspired and be creative. So far, we’ve made natural bunting from sticks, windsocks from recycled plastic cups, natural dye from handpicked berries and created sand art on the beach.

During these outdoor activities, the children

get to see first hand the impact litter has on our environment. We hope that this will inspire them to make

better choices and find creative ways to recycle in the future. On the 26th September, we hosted a Den Building Workshop for families in partnership with The City of Play. The families were given tools, pallets and instructions to let their imaginations go wild. The event was well attended and we were impressed with the variety of dens that were created.

I’ve really enjoyed working on Curiosity Club so far and look forward to making the most of the remaining two weeks!

Community Fund – Clipperton Project – July Update

13442573_1189645377753976_5374912971146524168_oJuly was an exciting time for us here at Bowling Harbour. We got our teepees out of storage and dusted off our rugs and chairs to host 4 Plastic Free Fridays in July where we encouraged visitors to Bowling Harbour to rethink their use of plastic and to raise awareness of which plastics can and cant be recycled. We went foraging for food in the woodland nearby and collected strawberries, brambles and raspberries and made our own flavoured water from fruit and veg. We also made and gave away over 20 t-shirt bags so that people can reduce their use of plastic bags and make use of unwanted clothing. We’ve also been busy working away on our offgrid workshop space which will be a year long project in partnership with local projects to research and build an outdoor learning space using sustainability energy and old and new practices in off grid living. One of our volunteers was also successful in applying to 02 Think Big Funding and will start her ‘Curiosity Club’ for 8-12 years old later in August.

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Community Fund – Clipperton Project – April Update

13094399_1736865076590503_7461470516479566374_nHi from Mexico and Scotland!

 Did you know that 46% of marine litter is the direct result of people dropping litter on or near our rivers and coastlines?  Volunteers have recently been in touch with 2 communities on the Clyde Sea Lochs who are keen to talk about sustainable solutions to marine and beach litter as opposed to dealing with the issue after the fact through beach clean ups. We are also interested in looking at the idea of reducing reliance on single-use plastics in these areas through speaking with community residents and visitors and following in the footsteps of nearby islands who have adopted a zero waste approach. 

12936659_1144607795591068_3680405167134528753_nIn Mexico, our volunteers have set up a fortnightly green explorers club working with children and young people to share ideas around the environment. We have been working closely with communities living in or near the local Biosphere and we will be able to increase our volunteer support through a recent grant to work alongside local producers and growers particularly around environmentally friendly production methods and switching from non-biodegradable packaging. The growers and producers have the opportunity to sell their goods and connect with other local enterprises at our bi-monthly Green Market. In Sisal, we have continued working with the local community via the university in the area and 3 student volunteers accompanied us on a visit down the Usumacinta River to deliver workshops for Earth Day working with over 100 local children and families. 

Community Fund – Clipperton Project – March Update

Hi from Mexico and Scotland!

Since the beginning of 2016 we have embraced a renewed energy within the organisation and have been spurred on by a number of new initiatives.

In Scotland we undertook a bird survey and the start of a woodland maintenance programme at our base in Bowling, West Dunbartonshire attracting 10 new volunteers who are committed to supporting the vast number of birds and animals who visit our space.  In February, 15 volunteers attended a training session to learn more about the marine species along our coastline and are now part of a 3 year UK wide programme to document marine life in an ongoing citizen science project.  Our volunteers are currently working on a number of projects we are developing including the building of an off-grid woodland workshop space and an arts project linking local woodland walks and the siting of sculpture pieces along the canalside that relate to the migration of local birds. 

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Community Fund – Clipperton Project – November Update

In Scotland

Volunteers have been working in the office in preparation for a bird survey project which we have just begun at the end of the past month, with more than 10 volunteers joining us as woodland rangers, identifying threatened species and birds important to the local habitat at Bowling Basin including migratory Redshanks.

Volunteers have also been working on a time capsule project with Gavinburn Primary School, exploring Bowling beach collecting/inventing stories and objects, painting murals inspired by the natural environment, and learning about the history of the canal, including the unique, burn water powered engineering of the old Bowling railway bridge.

In Mexico  …

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Community Fund – Clipperton Project – August & September Update


In August, volunteers joined our expedition to the Northern Isles, journeying round Shetland and Orkney by sailboat, assisting with day to day running of the project, learning sailing skills, fishing skills, and creative skills and sharing with communities.

September involved a series of workshops titled Living Wild in North Glasgow as part of the North West Glasgow Arts Trail. The workshops taught participants foraging skills and created sculpture from masking tape and old newspaper, inspired by plants and folklore. Volunteers assisted with the outdoor workshop on the 19th September on the canal in Anniesland based out of a teepee.

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Community Fund – Clipperton Project – July Update

2015-07-04 14.25.10Volunteers mapped arts projects and points of environmental interest ahead of our expedition to The Northern Isles which is taking place throughout August (sailing around Shetland, Fair Isle and Orkney with a team of artists). The hope is that this research can help as a guide and aid decision making on the journey by boat, which is often at the mercy of the weather, with constantly changing plans, and need for alternative sheltered bays.

Volunteers assisted at our event on the 4th July “The Summer of Upcycle.” The event included three creative workshops themed around upcycling. Free burgers for attendees and tea and coffee. A local makers market with stalls from an upcycled glass company and a few other local makers.

Community Fund – Clipperton Project – July Update

IMAG0073During June volunteers in Glasgow focused on food and foraging in the city.

Volunteers headed along the canal and up to Possil Loch where we found Wild Garlic, Wild Chives, Sorrel and Anchusa in order to create a foraged salad to share with the community.

Volunteers also experimented with plastic free baking, struggling to buy the ingredients for carrot cake. And limited with our need for bottled milk. Is there anywhere that you can still find glass bottled milk? Someone please bring this back!

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Community Fund – Clipperton Project – May Update

11391237_655588970185_1408541143381683097_nThis month, Molly Allam Keep, our volunteer in Mexico headed home after a successful year working with The Clipperton Project.

In Scotland, at Bowling Basin, we held a volunteer day on the 15th May. Nine volunteers spent a day clearing the river beach of glass and debris. We also screen printed re-usable tote bags with the phrase I Love Bowling.

Volunteers visited Clydebank College and worked with a group of young people participating in an access to work class. The group learned about different volunteering opportunities, spoke about their inspirations and mapped the 7 design principles of the World Cafe.

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