Newton Harrison: The Deep Wealth Of This Nation, Scotland

26th Jul · Dawn Hawkins

An ecological vision for how Scotland could become the first industrialised nation to give back more to the life web than it consumes.

Newton Harrison’s The Deep Wealth of this Nation, Scotland provides an ecological vision for how Scotland could become the first industrialised nation to give back more to the life web than it consumes.

The vision draws out the importance of five commons: soil, forestry, water, air and importantly the commons of mind, meaning how we as a human population might reach agreement about principles for putting the health of ecosystems first. It therefore offers a holistic vision and framework to draw together different stakeholders including artists, scientists and citizens to explore the importance of soil the natural environment for mitigation and adaptation to collectively address the challenges we face.

The Deep Wealth of this Nation, Scotland is a collaboration between Newton Harrison at the Centre for the Study of the Force Majeure and two organisations in North East Scotland - the Barn and the James Hutton Institute, that delivers fundamental and applied science into sustainable use of land and natural resources. The development of the work was also supported by Professor Emeritus Anne Douglas, Chris Fremantle, founder and director ecoartscotland, research fellow Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

Watch The Deep Wealth Conversation between Newton Harrison and Professor Colin Campbell, Chief Executive, James Hutton Institute here.

The Deep Wealth of this Nation, Scotland will be exhibited at The World Congress of Soil Science, Glasgow (31st July – 5th August)

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