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.

Positive by nature: Planning for nature to meet net-zero 

28 Mar 2022

Today, we are facing twin emergencies: climate change and biodiversity loss.   “The climate crisis is inseparable from the nature and biodiversity crisis. Scotland has a duty to show leadership on both.” Rt. Hon. Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Sept 2021   Since COP26 in Glasgow in 2021, we have witnessed a very welcome focus on net-zero and […]

NPF4: can it transform our transport systems?

21 Mar 2022

By Malachy Clarke, Public Affairs Manager for Friends of the Earth Scotland and a member of LINK’s Planning Group. Transport is Scotland’s biggest source of climate emission, accounting for over one-third of all emissions. It will be impossible for the Scottish Government to meet their proposed 75% reduction in emissions by 2030 without taking radical […]

Farming for the future and food security

17 Mar 2022

The events in Ukraine are shocking and the ongoing acts of aggression against Ukraine and its people are truly terrible. The daily news images are clearly tragic. We all stand in solidarity and support for the people of Ukraine.  The impact on global food production is another pressure on our planet, heaped upon the existential […]

Planning Ahead For Paths, Parks, People, and Nature

14 Mar 2022

By Helen Todd, Campaign and Policy Officer for Ramblers Scotland   Imagine there’s a disused railway line running through fields near where you live. It lies parallel to a busy road and connects two villages. It’s used by locals walking their dogs, but it would also make a great off-road route for walkers, cyclists, and […]

Green Belts: Re-invigorating A Planning Tool For The Climate And Biodiversity Emergencies

08 Mar 2022

By Nikki Sinclair, Green Belts Alliance Manager , APRS | The Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland Scotland’s Green Belts A Green Belt is the designated open land around, beside or within an urban area where there is a presumption against most types of development. Green Belts are designated by local authorities in their […]

Scotland’s once in a decade chance to plan for nature’s protection

01 Mar 2022

By Clare Symonds, Convener of Scottish Environment LINK’s planning group.  “A new approach to planning could protect Scotland’s wildlife for future generations,” says Clare Symonds.  When you think of the Scottish nature we all know and love, what comes to mind? You might picture misty glens, coastal cliffs lined with seabirds, or open parkland near to […]

Planning to Protect the Ancient and Irreplaceable

22 Feb 2022

Scotland faces both climate and nature emergencies. Woods and trees are a huge asset on each front so protecting them is key, especially our irreplaceable ancient woodlands. The planning system has an essential role to play in ensuring that protection, so we can be climate ready as a nation while protecting and enhancing biodiversity. Scotland’s […]

Planning for a nature-rich Scotland

07 Feb 2022

Scotland’s fourth National Planning Framework (NPF4) risks a ‘business-as-usual’ approach to the nature crisis rather than delivering the transformative change that has been promised. Scotland hosts a variety of habitats and rare wildlife such as capercaillie and expanses of internationally important blanket bog in the Flow Country, to the nature we see every day around […]

World Wetlands Day 2022

02 Feb 2022

Today we celebrate World Wetlands Day! Scotland has many amazing wetlands that are not only sites of important biodiversity but also provide a unique home to a wide variety of wildlife. Wetlands provide many of the things which society relies upon such as clean water, flood protection, carbon storage, and are also great places for […]

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