This talk will begin by celebrating Scotland’s natural assets. It will question whether all that has happened in recent times has been beneficial and whether we would now have acted differently. The key inherited and current challenges will be addressed, including the industrialisation of land use and ignorance of natural processes, lack of space for nature and species debates. There will be solutions set out to demand more integrated ways of planning future land use, developing a package of practical mechanisms and addressing polarisation of attitudes.
This is the 2018 Joint Annual RSE/Peter Wilson lecture, organised in partnership with the Scottish Consortium for Rural Research (SCRR).
Professor Roger Crofts, CBE, FRSE
Roger Crofts trained as a geographer and geomorphologist. He worked in universities, The Scottish Office, and as CEO of Scottish Natural Heritage. He advises, lobbies, writes and talks to anybody who will listen in Scotland, Iceland and Europe on environmental strategy and policy. Roger hopes to help people understand the Earth’s heritage and environment and to care for it more effectively. He has been active in the voluntary environmental and educational bodies in Scotland, the UK, and internationally. He is currently chairman of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. His work has been recognised by numerous honours and awards.