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 information@scotlink.org. The opinions expressed in this blog are the author's and not necessarily those of the wider LINK membership.

Species Champions stand up for wildlife in Animals & Wildlife Bill debate

01 Jul 2020

In June, the Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill was passed by the Scottish Parliament. The bill will increase the maximum penalty for the most serious animal and wildlife crimes to five years’ imprisonment and an unlimited fine and was supported by LINK members. We were delighted to see a number of […]

Time to Rethink Our Relationship with Plastics?

30 Jun 2020

Within a matter of months life has changed considerably for us as we begin to embrace our ‘new normal’. The pandemic has brought into sharp focus the life we led before, the people we cherish and the kind of life we wish to lead once this crisis blows over. With less cars on the road […]

Environmental Principles?

29 Jun 2020

Written in May, still locked down in Scotland, there was time for pause. I fell to wondering about where we were headed. The daily permitted escapes from home are mostly helping to find or regain some calm – in a local wood, on a beach, a country path or looking up at a vapour trail […]

Investing in people and nature as part of the Green Recovery

25 Jun 2020

A blog by Helen Todd, Campaigns and Policy Manager for Ramblers Scotland and former LINK Chair. Sitting at home at my laptop in Edinburgh during lockdown, I’ve often found my mind wandering to some of my favourite places in Scotland. What’s it like on top of the Cairngorms right now? Are eagles noticing the lack […]

The horizon is a long way off

23 Jun 2020

A first and personal take from LINK’s Chief Officer on recommendations for a green and fair recovery. On 22 June, the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery, published a series of recommendations for the Scottish Government to consider as part of an economic recovery to the COVID-19 pandemic in Scotland. Here at LINK, we responded to […]

For Peat’s Sake

17 Jun 2020

During the Covid-19 lockdown many people have started to garden more. It is a good thing to see sales of vegetable seeds soaring, so much so that they have been hard to find. Initially, at least, it was also difficult to obtain other necessary garden products and I struggled to get hold of peat-free compost. […]

Why a more circular Scotland needs to be part of the economic recovery

15 Jun 2020

By Phoebe Cochrane The Covid crisis and associated lockdown has brought into sharp focus many aspects of our life, our society and our economy; what is important to us and how well equipped we are to deal with sudden shocks.  The recovery package being considered by the Scottish Government offers an opportunity to set our […]

Get outdoors for physical and mental wellbeing

03 Jun 2020

A blog by Juliet Caldwell, Species Champion Coordinator at Scottish Environment LINK.  The last few weeks have seen an unprecedented and disruptive change to our daily lives in a bid to keep us safe. In a time of uncertainty, what is certain is that the current situation and the advice regarding social distancing and self-isolation […]

Celebrating International Day of Biological Diversity

22 May 2020

A blog by Paul Walton, Head of Habitats and Species at RSPB Scotland and Vice-convener of LINK’s Wildlife Group.  Today, May 22nd, is the United Nations’ International Day of Biodiversity. The theme for this year is Our Solutions are in Nature. When planning for this event, no one could ever have predicted how this theme […]

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