LINK Thinks

LINK Thinks is a space for members and others to express their views about Scotland’s environment. If you would like to contribute a blog please contact The opinions expressed in this blog are the author's and not necessarily those of the wider LINK membership.

Circular economy is the way forward for Scotland

22 Sep 2021

We have a problem with stuff. Recently published data shows that people in Scotland consume about 18 tonnes per person per year, while a sustainable amount is estimated to be about 8 tonnes. People inherently hate waste, and instinctively know our ‘throw away’ culture can’t be good for the planet. What is less well known perhaps, is the key role our use and waste of materials has in the climate and nature crises.

Setting our Seas on a Path for Recovery – Environment LINK Biennial event 2021

16 Sep 2021

The marine environment is one of the UK’s greatest assets. Our seas provide vital ecosystem services, including food provision, protection from storms, nutrient cycling and mitigation of climate change impacts, but ongoing destruction of marine habitats and ecosystems impair their ability to provide these life-sustaining benefits. For the opening session of Environment Links UK biennial […]

Avoiding a chemical crisis for Scotland’s seas

30 Aug 2021

Author: Hannah Evans, Project Officer, Fidra   We’ve all heard about the devasting effects of plastic pollution and we know our relationship with single-use materials needs to change. We’ve seen plastic bottles, food containers and shopping bags floating in the seas. We’ve watched footage of marine life swimming in a fog of our disposable debris. […]

Agreement between Scottish Government and Scottish Greens must be next wave in ocean recovery

26 Aug 2021

Last week the Scottish Government and Scottish Green Party announced a co-operation agreement and shared policy programme, the first of its kind in the UK. Whilst not exhaustive, and still to be voted on by Scottish Green members, many welcome commitments are included.   Nature recovery targets on land and sea With thanks to everyone […]

Restore Scotland’s nature on land and at sea

11 Aug 2021

I was fascinated when I learned that millions of native oysters were once harvested from the Firth of Forth every year, providing a cheap and common source of food, and an Edinburgh old town full of raucous ‘oyster cellars’. It can be hard to imagine the places we live as they once were – and just as hard to imagine a different future for them.

Wiser use of materials holds the key to mitigating climate change

14 Jul 2021

Scottish Environment LINK and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland recently held an event to discuss the role of material use in mitigating climate change.  The event was organized as part of LINK’s Circular economy for a fairer footprint project, which is campaigning for comprehensive and cross-cutting policies to make our economy more circular. There has been […]

Enjoying Scotland’s Coast with Minimal Impact.

01 Jul 2021

A Blog from Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust     Scotland’s coastline is rich with marine wildlife and is a fantastic place to connect with nature, slow down and soak up some vitamin sea. Over a quarter of all species of whale, dolphin, and porpoise, have been recorded here, and that’s not all… Scotland is […]

The New Parliament Debates the Climate and Nature Emergencies

22 Jun 2021

  This month saw this parliamentary session’s first debate on the nature and climate emergency, centered on a motion put forward by Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport Michael Matheson. After an election campaign in which nature and climate featured prominently – through discourse around the climate and nature emergencies, but not least […]

Where is the future for Scotland’s food and farming sectors?

11 Jun 2021

This blog, from Dr. Deborah Long, Chief Officer of Scottish Environment LINK, was first published in Royal Scottish Geographical Society’s magazine, Spring 2021.   Land use and land ownership is a live issue in Scotland. Debate around who owns Scotland and what they do with that land has never gone away. How land is managed […]

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