On the stroke of Midnight a press release was published on the Scottish Government website. Given it is Saturday, you could be forgiven for not seeing it. But the contents are worth looking at.
In it the headline ‘Funding to Restore Scotland’s iconic peatlands’. You can read it all in full here at this link.
It commits £22m this year towards restoration work. No small chunk of change, if you overlook the dramatic impact spending more would have on helping reduce emissions and enhance biodiversity for generations to come if more was forthcoming.
That may be unfair. There is a government commitment to restore 250,000 hectares of peatland as part of its climate commitments by 2030. But for those of us on the frontline the pace is still frighteningly slow, as welcome as this is.
This article from the Press and Journal gives a good insight into the importance of peatlands.
And this, by Severin Carrell in The Guardian, on how World Heritage Status for Scotland’s flow country could be a game-changer.
The Guardian also warn how climate tipping points could ‘topple like dominoes’ in a stark warning from scientists, painting a picture of just how vital it is to accelerate the pace of change for such projects.
New Zealand, for example, is living on borrowed time from today which makes it the 48th country to fall under the category, reports Scoop. Why? It has used all the natural resources for the year and moved into ‘overdraft’.
They don’t stand alone. According to The Global Footprint Network, the global annual Earth Overshoot Day will be reached by July 29 – around three weeks earlier than the previous year and in spite of the global shutdown.
No surprise then that there is so much concern not just across the globe, but here in Scotland, that more needs to be done.
A group of organisations have come together to ask for legally binding targets to save nature in Scotland after a decrease in numbers of almost half on species numbers.
“If we don’t act now it may soon be too late to save some of our precious and iconic creatures and plants,” said Scottish Environmental Link’s chief officer Deborah Long.
Will the message get through? Well back to the Scottish Government again. It has launched a new advertising campaign to highlight the benefits of net zero, says the BBC.
“Scotland can show the rest of the world how it’s done – and ensure our people, businesses and communities are at the forefront of our new green economy,” new net zero, energy, and transport secretary Michael Matheson said.
It can. The question now is, will it?
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THE WEEK AHEAD
Watch out for the second reading of The Environment Bill and a possible rebellion against a cut in the UK’s Foreign Aid budget at Westminster.