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.


The new can become normal: what the pandemic teaches us about our food systems

14 Apr 2020

Thousands of people have died, and thousands more are bereaved. Jobs are lost, businesses destroyed, hopes and plans in tatters. But it could have been even worse. What if the shops had actually run out of food, not just delivery slots? They didn’t. The massive stocking up, followed by the closure of the entire catering […]


We knew it was important, but not this important: why nature matters in a pandemic

03 Apr 2020

A blog from Deborah Long, LINK Chief Officer.  Today, more than ever before, we need to focus on the essentials for everyone: good living and working conditions, clean water and air, a thriving natural world, a safe climate for the next generation, and strong and functioning democracies that will continue to protect us in times […]


Reflections on the Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the Animals and Wildlife Bill

26 Mar 2020

In 2019, the First Minister declared a climate emergency and linked it to the ongoing nature crisis. Nature needs to be given the best possible fighting chance, including protection of animals. The Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill, which is currently progressing through the parliament aims to strengthen animal cruelty penalties and […]

Photo credit: Sandra Graham

Understanding Nature-based Solutions to the Climate Emergency

16 Mar 2020

The Manx shearwater is a beautiful and mysterious seabird. It feeds far from shore, only returning to its colonies at night – nesting in deep burrows, often at high altitude on inaccessible island mountainsides. Because of this, shearwaters are notoriously difficult to study – but Scotland is home to around 40% of the entire world […]


World Wildlife Day 2020 celebrated by MSPs

03 Mar 2020

This year sees biodiversity placed at the forefront of the global sustainable development agenda. The theme of World Wildlife Day 2020; ‘Sustaining all Life on Earth’ encompasses all wild animal and plant species as key components of biodiversity as well as the livelihoods of people and is more important than ever in a time of […]


Campaigners welcome new Scottish environment strategy

25 Feb 2020

Scotland’s leading environment charities have welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement today of an environment strategy, applauding the government’s commitment to restore nature and end Scotland’s contribution to climate change. They have called on the government to back up its commitment with legally binding targets for nature recovery. The charities, members of Scottish Environment LINK and behind the Fight for Scotland’s Nature


Planet, humanity and citizenship: the 3 pillars of the SCVO blueprint for the future

20 Feb 2020

A blog by Deborah Long, LINK Chief Officer. On Thursday 20 February, the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) launched their manifesto for the future, offering a blueprint for action under 3 pillars of planet,  humanity and citizenship, and which recognises the need for a thriving, sustainable third sector, able to work together and with […]


Environmental protection must be a priority for a post-Brexit Scotland

03 Feb 2020

We, Scotland’s people, love our nature. Our beautiful and varied natural environment is integral to who we are and how we see ourselves. Yet we know that nature is in trouble and needs our help. The start of a new decade provides us with unique opportunities we must seize. This year, in which Scotland hosts the UN Climate Summit for the first time, we must focus on our ailing planet and the chance we still have to put things right.

Copyright Sandra Graham

2020 – what does it bring?

31 Jan 2020

A blog from Deborah Long, LINK Chief Officer Today marks the start of the UK’s new relationship with the European Union, and while this personally makes me extremely sad and disappointed, it also marks the start of a different way of doing things. 2020 marks the start of the United Nation’s Decade for Ecological Restoration […]

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