Giving the country more control over its land, sea and air will enable the development of better policies to protect and sustain the natural environment and to combat pollution, says Yes Scotland.
The arguments have been prompted by a “referendum challenge” made by Scottish Environment Link, the umbrella body for more than 30 environment and conservation groups. It claims that getting reasoned responses from both sides on a major policy area is “a first” in the referendum campaign.
Yes Scotland’s submission was written by Stan Blackley, the campaign’s director of communities. A prominent activist with the Scottish Green Party, he has worked as an environmental campaigner for more than 20 years with The Woodland Trust, WWF Scotland, Scottish Wildlife Trust and Friends of the Earth Scotland.