The Key Ideas

#56 Embed environmental performance factors into every element of policy development

The world faces the incredibly serious issues of climate change and its environmental and human impacts. One of the factors which has driven this is the decline in these sustainable, local economies, and the rise of transport and industrial emissions which arise from the transnational production, processing, and distribution of food and goods. Another is the inability to change many practices in the wider economy which would improve environmental performance, largely stemming from lack of democratic control. In everything from the management of our land and environment, to the way transport is organised and the impacts of our profit-driven housing market, environmental impact too often appears to simply be an afterthought. Scotland should contribute to the world's security by taking responsibility for its own performance.