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.


Lockdown Lessons from Nature – responses to a pandemic

20 Jul 2020

The arrival, early in May, of a pair of White-tailed eagles in the centre of Helsinki may not be a mark of great ecological improvement or even be a surprise to those of us who have seen these magnificent birds in other urban situations, for example along the Oder River on the Poland and German […]


Educating Scotland’s schoolchildren for a circular economy

13 Jul 2020

The recent lockdown has been the perfect opportunity to demonstrate that mindset and behaviour change can be positive. Look at what’s happened in just a few short weeks – transport down by 60%, air pollution reduced by 50%, we’ve been buying less, fixing more and sharing tools, toys, books and time with our communities. Let’s leverage that change to prepare Scotland’s schoolchildren for life in a resilient and buoyant Circular Economy. Read the full blog by Mary Michel


How good are Scotland’s new draft environment laws?

13 Jul 2020

If you believe your local environment is being harmed due to the failure of a public body to meet environmental standards, you can raise an official complaint and request an investigation. Well, you can until the end of December 2020, that is, when the Brexit transition period ends. A major benefit of EU membership is […]


Why a Circular Economy needs to be part of the economic recovery

10 Jul 2020

A version of this blog featured in The Scotsman on 9 July 2020. 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 […]

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The Long Game

08 Jul 2020

Dr Deborah Long, LINK’s Chief Officer, talked to Solape Alatise at the Partnership Bulletin about COP26, the role of the private sector in addressing climate change and the importance of green space. How would you describe the work of Scottish Environment LINK? Scottish Environment LINK is a network organisation and our members are the environmental […]


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 […]

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