This week marks the launch of a Scottish Wildlife Trust’s ‘50 for the Future’ campaign aimed at key changes to help save wildlife, restore ecosystems and boost prosperity and well-being in Scotland. The new publication lists 50 actions to transform Scotland’s natural environment to both protect and restore for future generations.
Divided into five sections covering uplands, lowlands, urban areas, marine and Scotland wide, examples include a number of reintroductions such as returning the lynx to Scottish landscapes for the first time in over a thousand years and bringing back beavers permanently and allowing them to colonise their natural habitat across Scotland. Bringing a stop to overfishing and destructive fishing practices and ending illegal persecutions of birds of prey are challenging tasks set out in the publication while other sections focus on education, ensuring urban schools utilise natural spaces in their local area for outdoor learning or allowing all communities to have access to nature within a few hundred metres of their homes to enjoy the benefits for health and well-being.
The idea of the ‘50 for the Future’ publication is part of the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s 50th Anniversary events where members, supporters and experts were asked to submit their ideas on “What one thing would most help Scotland’s wildlife in the next 50 years?”.
Jonny Hughes, Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Chief Executive explains the reasons why such changes can make big differences to Scottish wildlife. “Fifty years ago, otters were on the brink of extinction in Scotland, there were no protected areas for marine wildlife and beavers had been absent from the landscape for almost 350 years. Fifty years on – this is not the case. We can have a huge impact to Scotland’s natural environment over the next 50 years if we work together.”
The Trust are hoping to not only achieve the ‘50 for the Future’ but to get as many people involved and engaged in the ideas as possible and to encourage discussion on how everyday actions affect the natural world.
You can find the Scottish Wildlife Trust ‘50 for the Future‘ publication on the Scottish Wildlife Trust Website and can get involved in the conversation online by tweeting @Scotwildlife and using #50fortheFuture.
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