Climate & Environment
The way in which we live and consume materials has an enormous impact on the climate and the environment, affecting global temperatures, sea levels, biodiversity, the life cycle of plants and animals, air, soil and water quality and natural habitats.
Good places are those where the role of nature and living sustainably are a high priority, where people feel empowered to take action to improve the environment. To deliver this action, change is required at all levels, individually, locally, nationally and globally to create the conditions for good places.
Our climate is changing and this will affect the places we live and work in. Our actions can help to reduce emissions and their impact on temperature rise and can also support our existing places to adapt to the future changes we know will be required.
Climate change is complex and involves many interests and challenges, but the holistic approach of place-based working can help us to take action that is effective and provides wider benefits for us and the environment.
Scotland has a rich and diverse natural heritage. However, the impact of modern lifestyles can put significant pressure on our environment, with adverse impacts biodiversity and natural capital.
Understanding our relationship between human activity and the environment can help limit damage and develop nature based solutions that are positive for people and the planet.