On May 1st, 2012, for the first time since the re-establishment of the Scottish Parliament in 1999, the Scottish people will have nationwide local government elections in Scotland. This will allow a proper focus on the way that Councils perform as they are held to account by the electorate. In no field of policy will this be more important than the field of protecting and enhancing the environment. Scotland’s Councils are essential to achieving truly sustainable development. With this manifesto Scottish Environment LINK wants to help our Councils improve their environmental performance. We also want to help the Scottish political parties as they establish their policies for the next four years – and to assist them in putting sustainability at their core.