Scotland’s Referendum: Environment

Scotland’s Referendum isn’t about two different destinations; It’s a fork in the road. It’s about the nation we are, and the nation we want to be.

Britain is a naturally beautiful island. The lochs and munros of Scotland, the rolling hills and valleys of Wales and the romantic moors of England make it a visually stunning place to visit or live. You’d think that as a result, UK governments would be more inclined than most to preserve the natural world – but for decades, Westminster’s promotion and perpetuation of unfettered economic growth has come at the expense of great swathes of the planet’s resources and beauty. A political mentality that puts profit before planet needs to be resisted, and the best way to do that is to lead by example – by charting our own more responsible path as an independent nation.

Vote Yes for a greener Scotland

  • The Scottish Government’s approach to climate change and climate justice is internationally renowned
  • Our renewable energy potential is enormous, and we have the most ambitious green energy targets in the world
  • With independence, Scotland can choose a more sustainable economic path
  • An independent Scotland could follow Denmark in measuring growth by ‘Green GDP’
  • We could use our huge oil reserves responsibly, investing in clean energy to phase out fossil fuels

Vote No for a lack of action

  • The rhetoric of UK governments on climate change is never matched by action
  • The influence of energy lobbyists at Westminster is a huge obstacle to progress on the environment
  • Westminster refuses to use the powers at its disposal to promote sustainable growth, and won’t devolve them to us
  • The UK Government won’t give us control of Crown Estate revenues, denying local communities the benefits of our renewable potential
  • Scotland’s ambitions for sustainability and climate justice will continue to be held back by inaction at Westminster

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Ross Colquhoun
Visual Artist and Blogger


About Ross Colquhoun

Ross Colquhoun is a visual artist, graphic designer and the director of National Collective. An alumni of Edinburgh College of Art's School of Visual Communication and founder of Human Resources, he believes that art has immeasurable power to influence people, to inspire ideas and to motivate change. He envisions a scenario in which independence would bring a new cultural confidence to Scotland.