Ice-skating, The Satrosphere, and climate change

It has been a very sunny and warm 17°C today. We’ve been out on our bicycles and I must admit that it was almost a bit too hot. Whose idea was it to move to such a balmy climate? For me the range from 5°C-10°C is the best for cycling otherwise I get stinky armpits.

We went to the beach and cycled along the esplanade which was lovely. Quite a few people took photographs of Busby and because it was so warm we ended up doing the convertible thing and taking the cover off. The kids were getting too hot under the plastic cover as when the sun shines it acts a bit like a greenhouse. I almost wished I’d taken my bathers and gone for another dip in the North Sea. It definitely looked very inviting. Maybe next time 🙂


Then we went ice-skating and the kids have come along way with their ice-skating skills. We can skate around and leave them to hobble along on their own now.

After skating we went to the science museum, the Satrosphere. This was our first time visiting Aberdeen’s Satrosphere and I was pleasantly surprised. It’s only small but there are lots of hands-on activities and practically no-one there which meant we didn’t have to wait to play with any of the exhibits.

Even more surprising to me was that they had a climate science exhibit. I was pleased to see anything about climate science given that Aberdeen is a bit in denial about it all. The city is very dependent on oil with no signs of diversifying and the number of gas-guzzlers here seems unusually high for a European city. There’s also a glaring absence of off-road cycle paths.

They presented different future scenarios for Earth depending on choices we make today. I took a photograph of the business as usual scenario for 2050 which is essentially what humans are following at the moment:


There was also a bit of information about the things we need to do to change this future scenario which include driving less, reducing energy consumption, and eating less meat. At the café there were brochures about climate change from Aberdeen Climate Action. But when I looked at the menu to order lunch, there wasn’t single vegan item on it other than baked beans on toast. Even the soup had ham in it. I pointed this out to the guy behind the counter who was very nice about it and ended up making me a bespoke panini. This is typical of cafés and restaurants where practically every item includes meat and/or cheese and usually I wouldn’t say anything except that they had all these brochures on their counter about climate change.

We need to eat less meat and dairy. It’s not a secret. Livestock farming contributes more greenhouse gases than the whole transport sector put together; that’s all the trucks, cars, buses, trains, planes, and ships on the planet. What hope is there of reducing our meat consumption when a café, which supposedly supports individual action to combat climate change, doesn’t offer any animal-free options? There weren’t even bicycle racks outside the Satrosphere. We had to chain the bikes to a lamp post. Despite our intelligence, sometimes I can’t help but wonder at our stupidity.

9 responses to “Ice-skating, The Satrosphere, and climate change”

  1. I don’t know about the Satrosphere (fooled me there; when reading the title I suspected a typo), but often this is a case of ‘follow the letter of the law, not the spirit’. From dealings with development agencies I know that they expect funding proposals to include references to climate change aspects (or other political topics like gender equality). These will then be shoehorned in by people who don’t really care about the topic at all. It’s just a box that needs to be ticked.


    • Ah, you’re probably right which is even more depressing. I preferred to think that this was a careless oversight rather than that they just don’t care 😦

    • There are plenty of people who mean well and who also love meat, but who, if there were options available, might consider a vegan meal every once in a while. When restaurants and cafes don’t even offer this option then there seems very little hope.

  2. You’re lucky to have an ice rink near you! Our nearest are two hours away in either direction. It’s a shame about Aberdeen being a little less receptive towards the climate change argument, but good that you found something to counter that.
    You look very jaunty on Busby. Great picture!

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