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.

Sunak’s Plastic Packaging Tax is good news, but government must do much more to reduce waste

04 Mar 2021

We all know that recycling is important – that waste does not end up in landfill, but instead gets recycled into new things. Ideally, we would like all new things to be made from either renewable or recycled materials. That would mean we would no longer need to quarry, mine or drill for non-renewable raw materials.

Scotland’s Rainforest and the People It Supports

03 Mar 2021

Today is United Nations World Wildlife Day and this year’s theme is “Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet.” In recent years forests have attracted attention for their role in capturing carbon in the fight against climate change. They have sustained the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people globally for much longer than that. […]

Scotland must follow EU lead in consumption reduction

11 Feb 2021

This week MEPs voted for the introduction of two legally binding targets to reduce material and consumption footprints by 2030 and bring EU consumption within planetary boundaries by 2050. Scotland should follow suit. Like Europe, we should be aiming to reduce our consumption of raw materials to sustainable levels.

Ocean recovery in 2021 and beyond

19 Jan 2021

Our Ocean Recovery Plan charts a course to ensure that by 2030 the curve of ocean decline has been reversed and Scotland’s ocean ecosystems are on a path of recovery, able to support the fight against climate change. As we step into 2021 seeking a brighter future, nothing short of transformative change will deliver the scale of recovery needed.

Scotland’s Nature Network

02 Dec 2020

One of the best ways to deliver transformational change is not only powerful, it can be easily delivered. A Scottish Nature Network helps focus effort and resources toward improving the ecological health of Scotland’s natural assets and helping tackle the climate and nature emergency.

Are repairs making a comeback?

01 Dec 2020

If you’re anything like me, you have at least one electrical item gathering dust deep in a forgotten cupboard at home – perhaps it suddenly gave out on you, or maybe you decided to upgrade. The issue of upgrades is being partly tackled by company buy-back/trade-in schemes. But that’s of no use if an item just stops working. When faced with this, what is stopping you from trying to repair it?

Species Champions back Declaration of a Nature Emergency

27 Nov 2020

Last week, the Scottish Parliament was asked to vote on a motion, tabled by Mark Ruskell MSP, to declare a nature emergency. Disappointingly, the opportunity was missed to take this bold step, with SNP and Conservative MSPs voting instead for an amendment removing the words ‘nature emergency’ altogether and congratulating current efforts. Scotland would have […]

Nature Recovery Targets Letter from MSP Species Champions to Cabinet Secretary

05 Nov 2020

30 MSP Species Champions signed a letter to the Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform calling on the Scottish Government to deliver an ambitious, legally binding set of targets and milestones to secure nature recovery. The letter, organised by Scottish Environment LINK, calls on the Scottish Government to champion nature. Real […]

Scotland must step up action for nature’s recovery

28 Oct 2020

‘Today nature is vanishing at rates never seen before in human history,’ warned David Attenborough in his recent documentary about our planet. Scotland is no exception to the global trend of biodiversity decline. But it’s not too late for Scotland to act swiftly to reverse nature’s decline, says LINK Advocacy Manager Vhairi Tollan.

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