A guest post by Max Wiszniewski with an open invitation to those attending the SNP conference to come along to Revive’s (The Coalition for Grouse Moor Reform) fringe meeting.
Your chance to change the face of Scotland
An estimated 12-18% of Scotland is managed for grouse shooting causing untold suffering to much of our wildlife and known damage to our environment – flying in the face of the climate emergency declared by Nicola Sturgeon. The circle of destruction surrounding grouse moors is reason enough to take action, but the economics don’t stack up either.
For all the land they use up the grouse shooting industry contributes just 0.02% to Scotland’s overall economy (GVA). To put this into perspective if Scotland’s economy was the Empire State Building, then grouse shooting would be around the size of an average baguette (turned upright).
Members of the Scottish National Party have been at the forefront of the land reform movement in recent years but even today, too many of our people live fear and intimidation as a powerful few still dominate around half of Scotland. It’s time to finish the work we’ve started.
Revive: the coalition for grouse moor reform will be hosting a fringe meeting at SNP conference this coming Monday in Aberdeen to show how taking radical but completely necessary action on grouse moors is so imperative in this time of climate crisis.
Much of Scotland will be set on fire in a process called muirburn which is designed to increase the number of grouse for sport shooting – threatening our vital peat reserves which store more carbon than all the UK’s forests several times over.
The momentum for radical reform has grown with many thousands of people joining the campaign from across Scotland and the SNP membership will be a crucial driver of what’s to come.
The way we use our land and who owns it will be of central importance to achieving a ‘Green New Deal’ Scotland. If you’re going to SNP conference it would be great to see you there and hear your thoughts on how we can drive this change together.
When we stop using so much of our land to maximise the population of one bird for sport-shooting we can help Scotland thrive. When we succeed our people, our wildlife and the environment will all be better for it.
Max Wiszniewski is Campaign Manager for Revive. Revive is a coalition of like-minded organisations working for reform of Scotland’s grouse moors. The coalition is made up by Common Weal, Friends of the Earth Scotland, League Against Cruel Sports Scotland, OneKind, and Raptor Persecution.
SNP Fringe event – 12.30pm, Monday 14 October
Where: Conference Suite 2A, Event Complex Aberdeen
Facebook Event/SNP conference link: https://www.facebook.com/events/500896127309201/