Covid-19 has provided a crucial opportunity to make drastic changes to tackle climate change, experts behind this year’s Royal Institution Christmas lectures have said.
Guardian 22nd Aug 2020 read more »
Alex Foulkes: Why fighting climate change is key to post-Covid recovery. Scotland has world-leading plans to become carbon neutral that will be vital in our collective fight against climate change. But in the post COVID-19 landscape, there is another reason why this approach is so vital: the nation’s economic recovery. As we seek to rebuild from the coronavirus pandemic and a deep recession, the recovery must a green one. By delivering large scale land redevelopment and rewilding in Scotland, we will not only make dramatic progress towards climate change targets, we will create thousands of new nature-based jobs in the process. Earlier this year, at Kaitiaki Consulting we launched a ‘Billion Trees Scotland’ campaign, with the aim to support the planting of 1billion new trees by 2045. Those trees will need people to plant them – creating work at a time when rural communities are struggling; generating re-training opportunities for those who have lost their jobs; and delivering outdoor employment opportunities that will help with both mental and physical wellbeing. We have made our own small contribution already, hiring 20 new consultants as we bring in a team of specialists in ecological restoration, forestry, ornithology, botany, soil science and a raft of other key sciences.
Herald 21st Aug 2020 read more »