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.

Nature Champions Back Biodiversity

11 Oct 2021

COP15: the two-part UN biodiversity summit will kick off today until the 15th October and will finish next May in the city of Kunming with the completion and adoption of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, a crucial stepping stone towards the 2050 vision of “living in harmony with nature”. Over the course of the next five […]

Make year 2021 count

07 Oct 2021

In less than one month’s time, Scotland will be host to the United Nations’ Cop26 climate change conference. Dubbed as the most important climate summit ever, there’s much expectation to get it right and to set our ailing planet on track to recovery. And, with it, Scotland has much to prove. Now more than ever, it must lead by example and turn commitments into action.

Let the Scottish Government hear your voice on farming and the environment

01 Oct 2021

The Scottish Government is consulting on the future of farming policy in Scotland. They need to hear a strong message that farming practices should not harm nature or contribute to climate change, and that agriculture policy must support farmers to adopt the right practices. Of course, it will be important to hear from farmers during […]

Circular economy is the way forward for Scotland

22 Sep 2021

We have a problem with stuff. Recently published data shows that people in Scotland consume about 18 tonnes per person per year, while a sustainable amount is estimated to be about 8 tonnes. People inherently hate waste, and instinctively know our ‘throw away’ culture can’t be good for the planet. What is less well known perhaps, is the key role our use and waste of materials has in the climate and nature crises.

Setting our Seas on a Path for Recovery – Environment LINK Biennial event 2021

16 Sep 2021

The marine environment is one of the UK’s greatest assets. Our seas provide vital ecosystem services, including food provision, protection from storms, nutrient cycling and mitigation of climate change impacts, but ongoing destruction of marine habitats and ecosystems impair their ability to provide these life-sustaining benefits. For the opening session of Environment Links UK biennial […]

Avoiding a chemical crisis for Scotland’s seas

30 Aug 2021

Author: Hannah Evans, Project Officer, Fidra   We’ve all heard about the devasting effects of plastic pollution and we know our relationship with single-use materials needs to change. We’ve seen plastic bottles, food containers and shopping bags floating in the seas. We’ve watched footage of marine life swimming in a fog of our disposable debris. […]

Agreement between Scottish Government and Scottish Greens must be next wave in ocean recovery

26 Aug 2021

By Calum Duncan, Head of Conservation Scotland for Marine Conservation Society and Convener of Scottish Environment LINK marine group.   Last week the Scottish Government and Scottish Green Party announced a co-operation agreement and shared policy programme, the first of its kind in the UK. Whilst not exhaustive, and still to be voted on by […]

Restore Scotland’s nature on land and at sea

11 Aug 2021

I was fascinated when I learned that millions of native oysters were once harvested from the Firth of Forth every year, providing a cheap and common source of food, and an Edinburgh old town full of raucous ‘oyster cellars’. It can be hard to imagine the places we live as they once were – and just as hard to imagine a different future for them.

Wiser use of materials holds the key to mitigating climate change

14 Jul 2021

Scottish Environment LINK and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland recently held an event to discuss the role of material use in mitigating climate change.  The event was organized as part of LINK’s Circular economy for a fairer footprint project, which is campaigning for comprehensive and cross-cutting policies to make our economy more circular. There has been […]

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