The James Hutton Foundation has been created to be a force for global good. Ultimately, it seeks to solve global problems and build a sustainable world through transformative science and to continue the scientific approaches and ethos of James Hutton.
Its first task is to raise awareness of James Hutton and his work in anticipation of the 300th anniversary of his birth in 2026. In particular, to broaden appreciation of his impact as a scientist and thinker, the Foundation aims to shed more light on his contributions to modern agriculture and other aspects of earth science, which are far less recognised and known than his game-changing geological work.
By working with other organisations and individuals who are connected to James Hutton and his work, a range of campaigns and actions are planned for the period between now and 2026 to bring more of Hutton’s impacts and to public attention, and to raise funding for celebratory and commemorative activities and works, such as a statue. The aim is to cultivate this regard for his work and translate it into contributions totalling £10 million which will fund future cross-disciplinary and sustainable scientific and educational endeavours.
The Foundation is coordinating and driving these collective efforts - both in the time til 2026 and thereafter - by engaging with people who can help make a difference, whatever their field or status.