Welcome to the Scotland that could be. Look out across the skyline of Edinburgh at sunset; caught in the glimmer of countless solar panels silently drinking in the last of the pink and purple light, you will see a thousand roof gardens, abundant with fruit and flower, their greenery garlanding the gothic architecture like jungle temples. The streets below, free from cars or the sirens of a long-abolished police, are quiet – so quiet, as the night draws on, that you may see a curious boar wandering into town from the rewilded fringes of the capital, drawn to the tantalising scents emanating from every window. From zero-carbon homes that belong no longer to landlords but to people, you too can smell a whole city cooking food to which every citizen has a right – the cuisines of all the mingling cultures which found themselves welcomed here, prepared with bounties from the vast expanse of sustainable commune farms established when the estates were finally broken up.
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