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Scotland leading the way?

There is excitement in seeing potential. Even more it seeing that potential being realised.

I've just spent 2 weeks cycling and camping in Scotland. We took our time (and 4 ferries and a bunch of 6 causeways) to cycle across all 10 islands [1]. As you would expect for Scotland (...ahem...), the sun was beating down from perfectly blue skies and it never rained. (Usually, when I describe Scotland that sentence would be sarcastic, bizarrely it is 100% true this time).

So we spent a lot of our time camping on the idyllic white sand beaches. Yes, really. Here is a panoramic photo to prove it:

As well as an excellent recharge for the soul, the trip reminded me of the huge potential in Scotland. The Scottish Rewilding Alliance [2] talks about a "brighter future for nature & people".

Instead of doom and gloom they are working towards an inspirational vision of the future. "Where a rich tapestry of native woodlands, wetlands, wildflower meadows and grasslands is stitched back together...And where nature-based enterprises support thriving communities".

The Circular Economy (applied in a regenerative paradigm), offers the potential for a similarly positive vision. One where our economy is not based on short term extraction for one dimensional personal gain. Where we acknowledge and tackle the consequences of our businesses. Where we move past greenwashing and ignoring the problems. Where we embrace the potential.

Scotland might just be leading the way by appointing a Minister for the Circular Economy [3] and adding Ellen MacArthur to the Scottish Environment Council [4].

I'd like to be part of realising this kind of potential. The alternatives seem so dry and uninteresting in comparison.

 


[1]: https://www.visitouterhebrides.co.uk/
[2]: https://www.rewild.scot/
[3]: https://www.gov.scot/news/new-ministers-to-be-appointed/
[4]: https://www.circularonline.co.uk/news/ellen-macarthur-joins-scottish-environment-council/