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.

Incineration of waste continues to soar – is this the right direction?

05 Oct 2020

Official figures released last week show a 72 percent rise in the amount of waste burned between 2018 and 2019. Is this a wise trajectory, compatible with net zero ambitions, asks Dr Phoebe Cochrane, LINK's sustainable economics officer.

Community resilience must be at the heart of a green recovery

05 Oct 2020

The global pandemic has proven that people are far more vulnerable than many of us thought. However, the response to the COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated the power, resilience and potential of grassroots and community-led action. There have been many inspiring examples of how community and voluntary organisations have stepped up to meet the huge challenges […]

We can shift from ‘fast fashion’ to a circular textiles industry

29 Sep 2020

With the 2020 Paris Fashion Week currently underway, there are few global industries where the lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic are more starkly apparent. National lockdowns around the world have highlighted the fragility of linear economy supply chains, and there has been a much-discussed re-evaluation of what counts as vital, necessary or luxury.

Turn Greed to Green

03 Sep 2020

James Curran takes inspiration for Scotland's green recovery and the building of a circular economy from an unlikely-sounding item: zero-carbon carpet tiles.

Edinburgh Declaration calls for collective commitment to nature’s recovery

01 Sep 2020

Yesterday [31 August], the Scottish government published the ‘Edinburgh Declaration’. This declaration seeks agreement between subnational, regional and local governments across the world, calling on the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to elevate ambition in order to halt biodiversity loss. It urges that greater prominence be given to the role subnational authorities play […]

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 […]

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