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.


Scotland must follow EU lead in consumption reduction

11 Feb 2021

This week MEPs voted for the introduction of two legally binding targets to reduce material and consumption footprints by 2030 and bring EU consumption within planetary boundaries by 2050. Scotland should follow suit. Like Europe, we should be aiming to reduce our consumption of raw materials to sustainable levels.


Scotland’s environment post-Brexit: assessing the success of the EU Continuity Bill

26 Jan 2021

Scotland’s EU Continuity Bill was passed by MSPs on 22 December 2020. This bill is an important one for Scotland’s natural environment, as it aims to ensure that the environmental safeguards that came with EU membership remain in place now that the UK has left the EU.

Photo by Sandra Graham

Ocean recovery in 2021 and beyond

19 Jan 2021

Our Ocean Recovery Plan charts a course to ensure that by 2030 the curve of ocean decline has been reversed and Scotland’s ocean ecosystems are on a path of recovery, able to support the fight against climate change. As we step into 2021 seeking a brighter future, nothing short of transformative change will deliver the scale of recovery needed.


Vote secures some key post-Brexit nature protections, but major gaps remain

22 Dec 2020

Today MSPs at Holyrood voted to pass the EU Continuity Bill, setting out how Scotland will protect its natural environment from 1 January 2021, when the crucial environmental safeguards that come with EU membership cease to apply. The Fight for Scotland’s Nature campaign has called since 2018 for strong new laws to protect and restore […]


Days to go before crucial vote to protect Scotland’s environment post-Brexit

18 Dec 2020

Scottish Environment LINK has warned Scotland’s natural environment and wildlife remain at grave risk unless major gaps in new Scottish nature laws are closed before Brexit.


Scotland’s Nature Network

02 Dec 2020

One of the best ways to deliver transformational change is not only powerful, it can be easily delivered. A Scottish Nature Network helps focus effort and resources toward improving the ecological health of Scotland’s natural assets and helping tackle the climate and nature emergency.


Are repairs making a comeback?

01 Dec 2020

If you’re anything like me, you have at least one electrical item gathering dust deep in a forgotten cupboard at home – perhaps it suddenly gave out on you, or maybe you decided to upgrade. The issue of upgrades is being partly tackled by company buy-back/trade-in schemes. But that’s of no use if an item just stops working. When faced with this, what is stopping you from trying to repair it?


Species Champions back Declaration of a Nature Emergency

27 Nov 2020

Last week, the Scottish Parliament was asked to vote on a motion, tabled by Mark Ruskell MSP, to declare a nature emergency. Disappointingly, the opportunity was missed to take this bold step, with SNP and Conservative MSPs voting instead for an amendment removing the words ‘nature emergency’ altogether and congratulating current efforts. Scotland would have […]


Welcome improvements to Scotland’s EU exit laws, but bill must go further for nature

25 Nov 2020

Scottish Environment LINK, a coalition of Scotland’s leading environmental charities, has today welcomed initial improvements to the Scottish Government’s EU Continuity Bill, which delivers crucial post-Brexit environmental protections, including an environment watchdog.

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