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UHI Perth Library Environmental Hub


Welcome to UHI Perth Library Environmental Hub


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University libraries provide a wealth of resources and information to students and faculty necessary for their academic and research needs. As environmental issues become increasingly important, libraries are taking the initiative to create spaces that provide resources about climate change and sustainable living.

UHI Perth Library Environmental Hub is designed to provide student and staff members with access to the research, information, inspiration, and tools needed to understand the science behind climate change, explore solutions for sustainable living and find ways to advocate for environmental protection. In addition, we aim to organise events to engage the campus community and create relationships with organisations working to protect the environment and promote sustainability.

Please visit UHI Perth Library Environmental Hub online or pop into the library to browse our range of materials to learn about sustainability. The Hub is in its early stage but we hope it will soon become a central location in UHI Perth for environmental research, education and engagement. Help us make it better and email your suggestions to

Scotland's Climate Week 2023

25 September - 1 October 2023

Visit UHI Perth Library, browse a selection of pre-loved books and DVDs, leaf a donation and our HNC Horticulture students will plant them on campus to create a green and bee friendly spaces. 

 So far we raised £108.75!!

Visit the Library during the Climate Week Scotland as we celebrate sustainable fashion and creativity. See amazing collection of dresses designed by our Textile students with newspapers and magazines from the Library. Together, let’s repurpose materials, reduce waste, and inspire a greener future. Be part of the movement! 


Join Maria for Author Event on Thursday, 28th October with writer Kirsty Logan to talk about importance of nature in storytelling.  Enquiries to:


The UN's Brundtland report defined sustainability as "meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." Since then, the concept of sustainability has evolved to become much more comprehensive. It is now recognized that environmental issues need to be closely integrated with social and economic aspects to build a foundation of truly sustainable development. 

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals that were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015 provide a framework for taking action on sustainable development worldwide. These goals will guide us into the future and help ensure that people everywhere have their needs met and their aspirations fulfilled while our planet is able to support life for generations to come.

But what does it mean to me? What is expected from me? What can I do?

Perth UHI Library Environmental Hub is here to help you stay informed, become involved, and get inspired. Every action matter, if you don’t believe us visit The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World to learn that even from your sofa you have the power to make a change.

In this section, you will find academic resources, books, news, and guides to connect you with the latest information about the environment, climate change, and sustainability.

Environmental Resource List

Not sure where to start? Try browsing our “Think Environment, Think Sustainability” reading list, organised in subjects so you can easily navigate and pick your readings. From classics such as Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring”, to a collection of speeches by modern environmental activist, Greta Thunberg. From tips on how to enjoy more sustainable way of living to actions you can take to help protect local and global biodiversity. We invite you to discover our collection, and if you know of a source that should be on the list please email with your suggestion.

Environmental Health and Protection Journals 

Collection of academic journals accessible via UHI subscription; access to new, peer-reviewed research in Environmental Health and Protection area. 

The Centre for Mountain Studies

CMS was established at Perth College UHI in August 2000, with the objective of creating a centre of excellence for work in mountain areas within the University of the Highlands and Islands. Their research themes include sustainable mountain development, biodiversity and protected areas, climate change, managing Scotland’s uplands, and understanding and managing ecosystem services.

Environmental Research Institute 

Environmental Research from a new perspective.

The ERI is part of North Highland College UHI. We have rapidly evolving research profile and provide a high quality, vibrant research environment. Our young, highly-motivated team have the ethos of multi- and inter-disciplinary securely embedded. The ERI has become a focus for promoting excellence in research in the region, largely due to the ability of its investigators to work with stakeholder, commercial, academic and educational organisations alike.

Visit at:

ENDS Report - ECO Chamber Podcast

Every fortnight, the ENDS team runs down the biggest green news stories, shares the latest policy gossip, and takes a forensic look at one of the more deep-rooted environmental issues facing us today. Subscribe via Apple, Spotify, and other platforms. The ENDS Report is the UK's No 1 source of intelligence for environmental professionals, delivering news, analysis, and reference across the carbon, environmental, and sustainability agenda.

National Library of Scotland

Scotland’s largest library invites you to take Climate Action with a range of thought–provoking resources, including a collection of online maps illustrating environmental impacts and man-made changes over centuries.

Scottish Government

Scotland’s climate change legislation sets a target date for Net Zero emissions of all greenhouse gases by 2045. The latest policy actions and goals are available on the Government’s Climate change and Net Zero Nation websites.

Perth and Kinross Council 

  • In June 2019 Perth & Kinross Council committed to lead by example in accelerating the transformational change required to address the climate emergency. PKC Climate Action website provides advice and information on sustainable choices available in the area; such as this interactive map to help you find community groups who are focussing on protecting our natural environment.
  • Perth & Kinross Council is working with local communities to deliver a Food Waste Reduction and Recycling Campaign in 2022 and 2023 - called #FoodWasteEqualsClimateChange
  • What happens to the recycling I put in my blue bin?

Watch our short film taking you on the journey from your home to the recycling plant.


From November 2023 Your Perth & Kinross Council Recycling Service will include a New Grey Lidded Recycling Bin

Zero Waste Scotland

Zero Waste Scotland is helping Scotland to learn how to use products and resources responsibly, focusing on where we can have the greatest impact on climate change. Their website is packed with news, statistics, and ways to reduce your waste & save money.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

The IPCC prepares comprehensive Assessment Reports about the state of scientific, technical, and socio-economic knowledge on climate change, its impacts and future risks, and options for reducing the rate at which climate change is taking place. Reports are available online or you can borrow the latest one from our library: 2022 IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming

Science Daily

ScienceDaily features news about the latest discoveries in science, health, the environment, technology, and more -- from leading universities, scientific journals, and research organizations.

TED - Ideas Worth Spreading 

Who doesn’t enjoy a good Ted Talk and this collection of videos is all about the environment.

Open Learn

Would you like to gain a deeper understanding of environmental subjects such as:

Open University offers over 80 free courses from a wide range of Nature & Environment subjects; Some are based on Open University course materials. Others are written specifically for OpenLearn. you can study at your pace and level and receive a free statement of participation.


In this section we highlight the incredible efforts of individuals and organizations who are dedicating their lives to protect our planet and its natural resources. We will be looking at the stories of conservation photographers and filmmakers, community activists, and public figures who have made a significant impact in the field of environmentalism, as well as the organizations and causes they are fighting for and the hope they bring to all of us.

A wise man once said: “It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living." Sir David Attenborough dedicated his life to showing us the marvels of nature, and since 2019 over 100 million households watched his documentary series raising awareness of the world’s rarest wildlife and most precious habitats, and the threats they face.

Experience Our planet's natural beauty and examine how climate change impacts all living creatures in this ambitious documentary of spectacular scope. Photo:

Follow Paul Nicklen, a Canadian photographer, filmmaker, and marine biologist who has documented the beauty and the plight of our planet for over twenty years. Nicklen’s sensitive and evocative imagery has garnered over 30 of the highest awards given to any photographer in his field, including the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and the prestigious World Press Photo for Photojournalism.

He is equally recognized by the conservation community for his outspoken work, and has been awarded the Natural Resources Defense Council BioGems Visionary Award. Most recently, Nicklen was bestowed an honorary PhD at the University of Victoria, for the impact his photography has had on climate change.


Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier, "Mitty" is one of the most influential conservation photographers of our time, she has dedicated her entire life to protecting the World's oceans - inspiring millions of people to do the same. In 2005 Mittermeier founded the prestigious International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP) to provide a platform for photographers working on environmental issues and coined the phrase "conservation photography".

“Images can help us understand the urgency many photographers feel to protect wild places. My work is about building a greater awareness of the responsibility of what it means to be human. It is about understanding that the history of every living thing that has ever existed on this planet also lives within us. It is about the ethical imperative—the urgent reminder that we are linked to all other species on this planet and that we have a duty to act as the keepers of our fellow life forms.”


Appreciate nature at your own doorstep and learn about protected sites and species in your area.

Marian, also known as kinnoull_mac, is a Perthshire based conservation photographer with a keen eye and lots of interesting information about Lepidoptera (butterflies and insects) and red squirrels.

And if you feel overwhelmed by the negative environmental news be sure to visit Sam Bentley Zeke Hausfather and Assaad Razzouk for some updates on positive environmental changes.

If you still feeling gloomy try singing along to one of Oli Frost's Climate Change songs - guaranteed to cheer you up and get you to recycle. 

Wellbeing and Support Service

Many students are experiencing heightened levels of stress, anxiety, and depression in response to negative climate change and environmental news. UHI Perth provides support to students dealing with eco-anxiety by offering access to counseling services, stress-management classes and workshops, and other resources that can help students cope with their fears and worries. Additionally, by providing access to educational materials and activities that promote environmental stewardship, we hope to empower students to take action and become part of the solution.


We believe that each person has the power to make a difference in protecting our planet. Whether it's reducing your carbon footprint, supporting companies with sustainable practices, or advocating for environmental legislation, there are many simple ways to get involved and make a positive impact. Each action we take, no matter how small, can have a significant effect on the health of our planet. Read on to learn more about how you can help protect the environment and make more sustainable choices.


UHI Green Champions 











Why not become a UHI Green Champion, join a Sustainability Session or get some useful tips and advice from our Green Resources Hub.  We can all play our part in reducing our environmental impact and helping to create a greener world.  

We are a Scottish-based environmental charity, and since pioneering Climate Emergency Training in Scotland in 2016, have supported almost 5,000 people to become Carbon Literate.

Our training helps businesses, organisations and individuals across Scotland to understand the Climate Emergency and respond to the risks, responsibilities and opportunities ahead. From Accredited Training to Short Introductory Sessions, we are working across sectors and subjects to help businesses, organisations and individuals understand the Climate Emergency and mount a successful response.



     Woodland Trust 

UK's largest woodland conservation charity with a vision of a world where woods and trees thrive for people and nature.

There are lots of ways you or your group can get involved. From planting trees and adding a voice to our campaigns, to recording ancient trees in your area and fundraising for us. Become a member or a volunteer.

Scottish Wildlife Trust 

The Trust successfully champions the cause of wildlife through policy and campaigning work, demonstrates best practice through practical conservation and innovative partnerships, and inspires people to take positive action through its education and engagement activities. It also manages a network of around 120 wildlife reserves across Scotland and is a member of the UK-wide Wildlife Trusts movement.

Whether you choose to volunteer, donate, raise funds or leave a legacy to the Trust, your help will make a real difference to our work protecting Scotland’s wildlife. 

      Students for Trees 

The main aim of Students for Trees is to work with our fellow students to take meaningful action on campuses across the UK to increase tree cover and to mobilise students to protect our woods and trees from the threats they face, particularly in relation to the climate and nature crises.

Students Organising for Sustainability UK  

SOS-UK is a student-led education charity focusing on sustainability. Visit: to see how students can get involved in SOS - UK work to deliver a more environmentally and socially just world.

We work for and with communities, helping them come to life by walking, wheeling and cycling to create healthier places and happier lives for everyone.


World Wide Fun for Nature

WWF is the world’s leading independent conservation organisation. Our mission is to create a world where people and wildlife can thrive together.



The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds  

Our birds and wildlife are increasingly vulnerable in a rapidly-changing world. Together, we can create bigger, better, more joined-up spaces to save our wildlife, and our shared home. From starting or joining a local group, fundraising and volunteering, to taking part in the Big Garden Birdwatch or Give Nature a Home, you can be a part of saving nature. It's future is in all of our hands, and together we can make a big difference: 

    Remake Scotland

Remake is a community reuse charity based at the Crieff Visitor Centre in Perthshire, supporting, supplying and inspiring reuse for the benefit of people and planet.

Visit their Reuse Hub which includes:

Our Scrapstore & Furniture Store - enabling people and businesses to donate unwanted items for reuse and to purchase good quality, second-hand items.

Our Community Tool Library – enabling people to loan a wide range of tools & equipment rather than buying these new.

Repair and Reuse Workshops – supporting people to learn the skills to repair and reuse items themselves.

Second-Hand Bikes - supporting our community to access environmentally friendly travel while also keeping disused bikes out of landfill.

Monthly Repair Cafes & Comrie Croft Outdoor Sale 

Our repair cafe's are generally held on the 2nd Saturday of each month, but as this would fall on Easter Weekend, we have rejigged our April cafe. We are excited to be teaming up with Comrie Croft to hold our Repair Cafe with them on Sunday 23rd April from 11am-2pm instead.  As well as the usual repairs, there will also be an outdoor sale taking place with loads of pre-loved goodies on offer for outdoor pursuits. If you're into walking, hiking, biking or camping then this is an event not to be missed! 

Sustainable Fashion?

Zero Waste Scotland: Greenwashing Your clothes:


EarthDay.Org: What is sustainable fashion?


ActNow for Zero-Waste Fashion

UN Sustainable Development Goals.


Green Week 2023

Green Week ran from Monday, 30th January to Friday, 3rd February 2023.  A joint event between UHI and HISA, the focus for the week was around Green Health and Sustainable Living, intersecting between the environmental and cost-of-living challenges that we face and the connection with our health and wellbeing.

Green Week 2023 Wrap Up