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Guest: Lesley Riddoch

Lesley Riddoch is one of Scotland’s best-known commentators and broadcasters. She did her undergraduate education at Oxford University and her post-graduate work at Cardiff University. She is a veteran radio broadcaster who has produced programmes on BBC2, Channel 4, Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland, for which she won two Sony speech broadcaster awards. She now produces the weekly Lesley Riddoch Podcast with co-presenter Patrick Joyce.

Currently, Lesley is a weekly columnist for The Scotsman and The National and a regular contributor to the Guardian, Scotland Tonight, BBC Question Time and Any Questions.

Lesley was a Trustee of the Eigg Heritage Trust, which led to the successful community buyout in 1997. She has also supported other buyouts, and she founded the Our Land Festival in 2015, which continues to campaign for land reform in Scotland

On Twitter: @LesleyRiddoch

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[Episode #212] – Transition in Eigg

Twenty-six years ago, on a wee island with just 65 residents off the west coast of Scotland, the seeds of a fascinating energy transition project were planted. That began a long process which ultimately made it possible for the island’s inhabitants to become the world’s first community to launch an off-grid electric system powered by wind, water and solar.

In the Autumn of 2023, Chris traveled to that island—the Isle of Eigg—to see it for himself, and interview some of the key people who were involved in making it happen. You’ll learn all about how it happened and what the island’s residents plan to do next in their pursuit of greater self-determination and self-sufficiency.

This is our second show in the new, place-based format we piloted in Episodes #186 and #187. Instead of exploring a particular topic with one guest who has a noncommercial perspective, as most of our shows have done so far, this new format aims to tell the stories about how the energy transition is proceeding in some of the places Chris is visiting in his ongoing travels as a peripatetic podcaster. There will be more episodes in this format to come, and we hope you enjoy them.

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