Response to Scotland's 3rd Land Use strategy consultation

Saturday, 20 February 2021

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The Scottish Government asked for views on the proposed 3rd Land Use Strategy. The Parliamentary Engagement Working Group (PEWG) responded to the Vision which was set out in the consultation which was of a 

Scotland where we fully recognise, understand and value the importance of our land resources, and where our plans and decisions about land use will deliver improved and enduring benefits, enhancing the wellbeing of our nation.”

The PEWG felt that this vision does not reflect the fundamental reframing of our relationship with the natural world that is required.  As Quakers our understanding is that “We do not own the World and its riches are not ours to dispose of at will” (Advices & Queries 42).  Instead of framing Scotland’s land use purely in terms of how we as humans can benefit from it, we believe the vision should be sufficiently broadened to recognise that the natural resources of Scotland are sacred and have intrinsic value.

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