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.

Funding the Nature and Climate Emergency: reversing a decade of austerity for the environment

08 Dec 2019

Seven months ago, Scotland’s First Minister announced a climate emergency and the need for ‘transformative change’ if we are to limit global temperature rise to 1.5oC and halt the loss of nature. This announcement came in the wake of two in-depth scientific reports from the United Nations highlighting the worsening twin global climate and nature […]

“Do you hear a siren? That’s the warning signal of a full-blown emergency in nature” says LINK Chief Officer Dr Deborah Long

05 Nov 2019

Scotland is arguably the most nature rich part of the UK. With over 60% of the coastline and marine habitat, all the UKK’s arctic – alpine habitats, all the machair, Caledonian pinewood and most of the temperate rainforest, Scotland is nature rich. But the prospects are not good. The State of Nature report, launched on […]

Cod collapse latest signal that nature is in crisis

11 Sep 2019

Earlier this year the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) published the most comprehensive assessment ever conducted on the global state of nature. The stark conclusion was that nature is undergoing dangerous rates of decline unprecedented in human history, eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food production, health and quality […]

Nicola Sturgeon’s letter underlines commitment to nature. Now let’s see a Scottish Environment Act!

26 Aug 2019

A blog by Deborah Long, LINK chief officer In June, LINK brought together 97 organisations to write to the First Minister to ask her to take action to protect, enhance and restore our environment – as the best insurance against climate change and to provide subsequent generations with a sustainable future. You can read our […]

Systems thinking in a chaotic world: accessing wisdom and insights

14 Aug 2019

A blog by Deborah Long, LINK Chief Officer. The challenges that we face as a planet are significant right now: natural challenges of climate change and biodiversity, and human made challenges of democracy, including Brexit and the aftermath of the American presidential election. If there is ever a time for sophisticated and methodical thinking, that […]

We need a new watchdog to guard Scotland’s environment after Brexit

24 Jul 2019

If our natural environment is being harmed, and our government fails in its duty to protect it, who can we turn to? In 2012, conservation group WWF complained to the European Commission that the UK government hadn’t set up any protected areas for the harbour porpoise. With its chunky body, triangular fin and slow rolling […]

When Will Politicians Get a Grip on Hill Tracks?

10 Jul 2019

In June, the Scottish Government once again failed to take the opportunity to stop the unregulated construction of hilltracks, which is damaging some of Scotland’s most well-loved upland landscapes, when Ministers refused to support amendments to the Planning (Scotland) Bill which were put forward by Andy Wightman MSP of the Scottish Green Party. There was […]

Let’s make sustainable products that last – or the planet won’t

11 Jun 2019

Read our article by Dr Phoebe Cochrane, LINK’s Sustainable Economics Officer published in the Scotsman today. Climate change has been ­hitting the headlines ­recently and the Scottish Government has been one of the first to acknowledge the climate ­emergency and swiftly respond to scientific evidence that Scotland needs to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by […]

Acting now for climate change

10 Jun 2019

A blog by Deborah Long, LINK Chief Officer On 31 May, Francesca Oswaska, CEO of Scottish Natural Heritage, gave the RSE Peter Wilson lecture: Not too late to act for climate change. In her speech she described the challenging yet opportunity rich moment we find ourselves in. At LINK we would agree with the three […]

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