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.

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.

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?

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 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

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

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 […]

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 […]

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