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Also in the news / Climate logo and mascot, new RNLI pontoon, council meetings live

With the new logo and mascot - (left to right): Jonny Polson from Art Machine, Emma Chittick from DYW Shetland, Athea Blance, Ella Kay and Claire Ferguson from the council's climate change strategy team. Photo: SIC

A NEW logo and mascot have been picked for the Shetland Climate Conversation following a schools’ competition.

At the end of 2021, dozens of entries from school pupils across the isles were narrowed down by the judging panel to two winners: Ella Kay from Whalsay Junior High, and Athea Blance from Anderson High School. 

Ella’s entry has become the logo for the Shetland Climate Conversation and Athea’s has become the mascot.

The Shetland Climate Conversation aims to find out what people think about climate change, understand their concerns, encourage partnerships, spark creative solutions and work towards reducing and reversing our impact on the environment.

Both Ella and Athea have since had some work experience with local design company Art Machine to turn their original designs into the finished graphics.

The schools’ competition was run by Shetland Islands Council’s climate change strategy and Developing the Young Workforce teams, in partnership with local schools and Art Machine.

The council’s climate change strategy team leader Claire Ferguson said: “We were delighted with the number of entries to the schools logo competition and we’re over the moon with the new Shetland Climate Conversation logo and mascot.”

The logo and mascot will be feature on materials for the upcoming climate week, which begins with a ‘Shetland Energy Showcase’ in Lerwick Town Hall on Saturday 24 September, and runs through to Monday 3 October.


Photo: RNLI/Ray Ferrie

A NEWLY built 24-metre berthing pontoon has now been delivered to the RNLI lifeboat pier in Aith.

The addition of the purpose built infrastructure, fitted to the inside arm of the existing pier, will act as a floating dock for the station’s Severn class lifeboat the Charles Lidbury.

It will make access and departure easier for the volunteer crew when responding to emergencies at sea in all weather conditions.

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Aith Lifeboat coxswain John Robertson said: “This is an improvement to our station that is years in the making, and will further improve the already impressive response time of our volunteer RNLI crew – between pager alerts and the lifeboat leaving the pier.

“It represents a substantial investment in the UK’s most northerly lifeboat station and I’m delighted to see it all coming together.”

The new berthing pontoon is expected to be in full use by October.


FROM next week meetings of the principal committees of Shetland Islands Council will be webcast live, allowing the public to watch on any desktop or mobile device.

The council chamber relocated from Lerwick Town Hall to the former St Ringan’s church earlier this year.

The project included the installation of conference equipment and broadcast technology, and videos of the main committees were published online after meetings. However, they will now be streamed live.

Convener Andrea Manson said: “Improving access to the democratic process was a significant part of the decision to move to the new chamber.

“The new technology will help extend the transparency around the decisions we make, something that the public rightly expect of us.”

The first live meeting will be the education and families committee on Tuesday (6 September) at 10am. The link to watch can be found here.

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