I am appalled, disgusted and angry about the future that we have created. Unless we do something, my grandchildren will be living in a world that will be unable to feed itself, and will struggle to cope with climate events and rising sea levels. It is likely to be an even more highly militarised and surveillance-controlled world, in which competing elite groups and religious fundamentalists have ready access to ever more sophisticated weapons systems in an international system that has lost its capacity to mediate conflict. The beauty, enchantment and resources of our planet will be a memory rather than a lived reality.
The only way to do something about this is through collective action. As an individual, I can do my best to live an eco-life and a moral life, but what difference will that make? I believe that the best, and maybe the only, way forward is on the basis of small nations (or similar entities such as states within federal systems) that develop sustainable and creative ways of living that are appropriate to their own unique physical locations and possibilities. In a small nation, political leaders are close to the people. They are not able to exist within a power bubble where the consequences of their decisions can be invisible to them. A small nation is not able to dominate other nations, but instead has a strong interest in findings ways to collaborate and co-exist.
An independent Scotland can do these things, and can make an important and meaningful contribution to creating a better future for the world. We have an opportunity, on September 18th, to make that happen, and to make a start to the vital work of building a nation that stands for values of which we can be proud.