Ar­ran’s en­vi­ron­men­tal pi­o­neer

The Arran Banner - - Letters -

Ar­ran en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist Howard Wood will once again be tak­ing his Ar­ran in­spired mes­sage across the At­lantic. Hav­ing driven pro­found change on Ar­ran, through es­tab­lish­ing the Ma­rine Pro­tected Area and Lam­lash No Take Zone, he added im­pe­tus to con­cerns which are now well-known and sup­ported, but at the time were just tak­ing root.

While both doggedly de­ter­mined and re­lent­less in his pur­suit of chal­leng­ing ac­cepted, but en­vi­ron­men­tally harm­ful, norms, it is Howard’s con­sid­ered ap­proach, am­i­ca­ble na­ture and sym­bi­otic rea­son­ing that has al­lowed his voice to be am­pli­fied and stand out among the many. It is for these rea­sons that he has had such suc­cess with his decades of hard work which has ad­vanced con­ser­va­tion, not only on Ar­ran but across Scot­land. So, too, in his be­ing awarded the pres­ti­gious Gold­man Prize and be­ing awarded an OBE for ser­vices to ma­rine con­ser­va­tion in 2015.

We wish Howard ev­ery suc­cess in his lat­est en­deav­ours and en­cour­age ev­ery­one to lend their sup­port in help­ing Howard, and Ar­ran, to achieve car­bon neu­tral­ity.

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