As economies emerge from the devastation of lockdown, it’s vital that we choose a green recovery.
In Scotland, ministers have rightly recognised this in their new Programme for Government unveiled today.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she is on a ‘national mission’ to create green jobs and improve prospects for young people, and has announced a £100million fund to achieve this.
A new ‘green deal’ for Scotland is something also backed by other political parties.
While we tackle an unprecedented health emergency, the climate emergency has not gone away.
A green recovery will address the challenges created by both these crises.
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.
At Kaitiaki Consulting, we’re proud to be leading the ‘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.
Achieving Scotland’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2040 and net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 will be no easy task, and the eyes of the world will be on us in the run-up to COP26.
So it’s very welcome that the Scottish Government is ready to play its role.
But there needs to be a team effort from government at all levels as well as private businesses, communities and philanthropists.
We are looking for investors that share our aim to address the climate crisis, increase greenspace and forestry, protect and enhance habitats and support the UK’s unique biodiversity.
If you want to join us on the road to a green recovery and invest in our future, then get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org