Despite growing praise for its rewilding progress, Scotland is one of the most nature-depleted countries on Earth. Scotland is ranked 212 out of 240 countries and territories for the state of its nature. Intensive management, over-exploitation, neglect and pollution have stripped our landscapes and seas of their richness of life.
The living systems on which we all depend are being eroded – undermining our access to food, fresh water and clean air; hindering our ability to lock away carbon and cope with climate breakdown’s floods, wildlife die-offs, droughts and crop failures; harming our health and wellbeing; and depriving communities of economic opportunities.
But there is hope. Scotland can lead the way as a Rewilding Nation, tackling the nature and climate crises, and creating a cascade of benefits for people. Rewilding offers our best hope of restoring health to the natural world we all depend on. It offers a chance to breathe life back into increasingly lifeless land and seas – revitalising natural processes; restoring species; enriching communities; boosting jobs and heath; and building resilience against challenges the future holds.
There are now over 150 rewilding projects across Scotland, from community woodlands to landscape-scale partnerships. Communities, charities, farmers, landowners are restoring woodlands, peatlands, wetlands, rivers and seas – and saving wildlife from red squirrels to bumblebees to wild cats. More than three-quarters of Scots support rewilding. But we need to do much more – let’s grow this groundswell of hope.
Produced by SCOTLAND: The Big Picture for the Rewilding Nation campaign, Why Not Scotland? follows the journey of Flo, a young Scot concerned by the state of nature and fearful about an uncertain future. She embarks on a journey across Europe, discovering places where nature is making a spectacular comeback and revitalising human communities. Encouraged by these stories of hope and renewal, she is prompted to wonder: Why Not Scotland?
Why Not Scotland? is embarking on a nationwide screening tour in March 2024, followed by independent screenings.
The nature and climate emergencies can feel overwhelming – but we can all make a difference by uniting behind a clear message and working together.
We’re calling on everyone who shares our hopes and sense of urgency to make their voices heard. This is a moment of opportunity to create a greener, fairer Rewilding Nation we can all be proud of.
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