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.


Turn Greed to Green

03 Sep 2020

James Curran takes inspiration for Scotland's green recovery and the building of a circular economy from an unlikely-sounding item: zero-carbon carpet tiles.


Edinburgh Declaration calls for collective commitment to nature’s recovery

01 Sep 2020

Yesterday [31 August], the Scottish government published the ‘Edinburgh Declaration’. This declaration seeks agreement between subnational, regional and local governments across the world, calling on the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to elevate ambition in order to halt biodiversity loss. It urges that greater prominence be given to the role subnational authorities play […]


Tackling climate change with the right trees in the right place

27 Aug 2020

A recent article in the Scottish press implied that planting trees may not tackle climate change. But the research paper on which the article is based is clear: the issue isn’t with tree planting overall, but with planting on carbon-rich soil. The press article failed to highlight that if the right trees are planted in the right place, they are effective against climate change.

Great yellow bumblebee

Now is the time for an ambitious green, wellbeing recovery

20 Aug 2020

In my earlier blog, I didn’t see the ambitious green wellbeing recovery vision in the Economic Recovery Group’s report that I and many others hoped for. The question now is, is it in the Scottish Government’s response, published on 5 August?


UK internal market could seriously harm Scotland’s environment

13 Aug 2020

Scottish Environment LINK, a coalition of Scotland’s leading environment charities, has warned the UK government that its plan to create a UK internal market could seriously harm Scotland’s natural environment by dragging down standards.


Greening the Youth

07 Aug 2020

The economic fall-out from the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in large-scale job losses. Youth unemployment is forecast to reach the 1 million mark over the coming year unless the government provides an ambitious recovery plan. The “corona class of 2020”, 800,000 school leavers and graduates due to join the labour market, are the most exposed […]


Blue recovery: the role of Scotland’s seas

04 Aug 2020

A blog by Esther Brooker, LINK Marine Policy and Engagement Officer, and Calum Duncan, Head of Conservation Scotland for the Marine Conservation Society. Our ocean remains in desperate need of recovery. International expert reports[1][2][3] released in 2019 underlined the stark consequences for biodiversity and ecological systems due to climate change and human overexploitation of living […]


Scotland’s new environment watchdog needs more teeth

23 Jul 2020

How fully does the Scottish Government's proposed new environment watchdog replace the oversight and enforcement functions previously carried out by EU institutions? Will it have the independence, powers and resources required to hold government to account on environmental matters?


Scotland needs to embrace reuse as we seek to recover from Covid-19

22 Jul 2020

It is clear that Scotland is at a crossroads, facing a challenge to respond to two defining emergencies. First, how do we recover from the economic and social consequences of the Covid-19 emergency? Second, how do we continue to focus on the environmental imperatives presented by our ongoing response to the climate emergency? The meeting point of these two agendas defines what I would mean by a green recovery. Read the full blog by Michael Cook

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