I consider my relationship with nature as a long and unfolding conversation, like learning a language that I can never master. And this conversation is never dull. Like most discourses, it only improves with time and age, to reach a point where a constant connection evolves and grows, with almost daily realisations.
Scotland has been cited as the Saudi Arabia of renewable energy, to harvest that potential to the full, Scotland will need to remain a part of the United Kingdom. Furthermore whether independent or not, the Scottish economy must transition itself further away from fossil fuels rather than developing closer bonds with a dirty energy system. I urge the Scots to vote no to Independence on Thursday.
I believe that if politics is about anything, it should be about improving people's lives and bequeathing something better to our children than we ourselves inherited. If internationalism is about anything, it is about doing that for people around the world regardless of where they live. That's what environmentalism and sustainability mean to me.
As atmospheric carbon levels reach seemingly implacable heights, the degree to which sustainable solutions must be implemented follows suit. And yet, little headway has been made on this critical issue, at least according to recent forecasts from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which released its Fifth Assessment Report earlier this year.
The EU set new recycling targets this week, with seventy percent of household waste (and 80% of packaging waste) to be recycled by 2030. The targets also stated that by 2025 there will be a total ban on recyclable material being sent to landfill and from 2030 this ban will extend to all recoverable municipal waste.
In addition to these local effects, natural gas extraction has global environmental consequences, because the methane gas that is accessed through extraction and the carbon dioxide released during methane burning are both greenhouse gases that contribute to global climate change. New fracking technologies allow for the extraction of more gas, thus contributing more to climate change than previous natural gas extraction."
Securing a global future for the next generation is my overriding priority, where we can all enhance our economic development and live in a world that is not threatened by manmade global warming or at the very least managed. America is key to this, which is why I am meeting with leaders in the White House and State Department to discuss how we can best turn this momentum into a global climate change agreement in Paris next year.
The World Cup is upon us and, with it, football mania is here again! Years of discussion, dilly-dallying and endless debate in the sports pages has been replaced with make-or-break decisions and top footballing action featuring some of the most talented players of all time. Not to mention the likes of Pele the Piranha, this tournament's favoured psychic sports pundit!