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Being Safe

Being Safe

The Being Safe Project is a response from Scotland to Rethinking Security’s work on an Alternative Security Review. This is a civil society-led review of the UK’s security strategy.

By asking people in the UK what matters to them for their security, and by discussing potential solutions to human and ecological security with experts, a cooperative Human Security Strategy will be produced that will offer an alternative to the existential failures of the current ‘national security’ approach.

Rethinking Security have undertaken this project in response to the UK government’s latest security review, the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy, which set out government ‘security’ priorities for the next 10 years. That included increasing the cap on the number of nuclear warheads at Coulportin Scotland, and a complete lack of any serious commitment to resolving the ecological disaster the UK contributes to.

Secure Scotland is asking people to send a clear message, along with their name and an email address and post code (these will not be published but we need to be able to prove we didn’t just make them up) and a photo which will be used for our contribution to the review.

You can write a short statement on a piece of paper, hold it up and take a selfie and send it to us with your post code and email address.

You can simply describe what make you feel safe and secure - or you can use one or all of our five questions. The results will be sent to Rethinking Security.

The Five Questions

1. What does 'security' mean to you?

2. What government action could make you, your family, your community and Scotland safer and more secure?

3. How could Scotland contribute to peace and security in the world?

4. What are the main challenges to security for the people of Scotland?

5. Is there a message in the Freedom Come All Ye for Scotland today?

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