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“The world faces the challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss…[these] twin global crises…require us to work with nature to secure a healthier planet.” – Scottish Biodiversity Strategy Post-2020: A Statement of Intent
The twin crises of climate and nature are inextricably linked. Although the Scottish Government and many local authorities across Scotland have declared a Climate Emergency, there has been no such corresponding declaration for nature, which has been coined the ‘forgotten crisis’, despite the ongoing worldwide pandemic which originated in nature.
Despite spearheading the Edinburgh Process, leading to the Edinburgh Declaration ahead of the COP15 summit in China, with only 56% of our biodiversity intact (relative to, e.g. Canada with 89%), we clearly have some way to go in restoring and protecting our natural environment in Scotland.
Building on the “Nature Day” at our 2021 COP26 Fringe Festival, Holyrood Events will host this policy event as part of our ongoing Climate Emergency Series. We will look at the multi-faceted issue of the nature crisis and biodiversity loss across Scotland. We will then explore potential solutions and what Scotland’s (draft) refreshed post-2020 biodiversity strategy contributes to delivering these. As we strive to halt biodiversity loss and restore our natural world, we will also look at where this strategy potentially needs to go further.
By attending this event, you will:
- Better understand the Nature Crisis, the problems that lead to and arise from it, and the potential solutions to this multi-faceted issue.
- Learn about the links between biodiversity loss, the threat to human health through the increased potential for pandemics, and some of the solutions available in education, sustainable agriculture/aquaculture, the circular economy, and broader social policy.
- Learn about the seminal UK Treasury-commissioned Dasgupta Review, the economics of ecology, and the effect it can/may have on Scottish policy.
- Hear from some of the most distinguished speakers on the nature crisis, biodiversity loss, and the natural environment.
The event is free-to-attend.
This event is CPD certified in principle.