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 The opinions expressed in this blog are the author's and not necessarily those of the wider LINK membership.

How Scotland can reform its economy to work for people and planet

16 Dec 2021

Plans for a National Strategy for Economic Transformation will have to be bold and radical if it is to protect people and the planet. So far, the signs aren’t encouraging. How many people know that a National Strategy for Economic Transformation is being prepared for Scotland?  Probably precious few, outside of policy wonk circles and […]

How will COP26 Deliver Recovery for Scottish Seas?

03 Dec 2021

A blog by Esther Brooker, Marine Policy and Engagement Officer.   Scotland has been well and truly in the global limelight for the past weeks, with the high-profile UN Conference of the Parties for Climate Change (COP26) being co-hosted by the UK and Italian Governments in Glasgow [1]. Nations worldwide, particularly those in the global […]

COP26 Outcomes: What LINK Thinks

22 Nov 2021

So CoP26 is over, the posters have been taken down, the seats stacked and the streets resumed their November demeanour. If CoP26 was our best last chance (UNFCC), what does the future look like now?  We had high ambitions. But not unrealistic ones. We all went into CoP26 knowing that the world had to do much more to prevent ongoing loss and destruction of homes, businesses, countries and habitats from […]

Goodbye to single-use plastic cutlery and plates

12 Nov 2021

Yesterday legislation[1] was laid in parliament which will see Scotland ban some of the most environmentally damaging single-use plastic items – those that are often seen on beaches and littered in our environment.  This ban will come into effect in July 2022 and covers single-use plastic cutlery, plates, straws, beverage stirrers and balloon sticks; and […]

Ten Thousand Years of Cities. Time to get them right.

11 Nov 2021

A blog by Professor James Curran MBE, Honorary Fellow of Scottish Environment LINK.    To mark the COP26 Presidency Theme ‘Cities, regions and built environments’, James shares his vision of revitalised towns and cities which emphasise the health, social and cultural benefits of living in sustainable places which are connected to nature.   Patrick Geddes, […]

Driving the global transition to zero emission transport

10 Nov 2021

A blog by Malachy Clarke, Public Affairs Manager at Friends of the Earth Scotland To mark the COP26 Presidency Theme ‘Transport’, Malachy highlights the importance of sustainable transport in tackling climate change.   Transport emissions are Scotland’s single largest source of greenhouse gases, accounting for over 1/3rd of Scotland’s emissions. Road traffic makes up 69% of […]

Innovation from scientists: is it about building new bridges?

09 Nov 2021

A blog by Rob Brooker, Head of Ecological Sciences at the James Hutton Institute, and is also a member of the British Ecological Society, including its Scottish Policy Group.   To mark the COP26 Presidency Theme ‘Science and Innovation’, Rob explores how science can help to deliver innovative solutions that will contribute to meeting the […]

Delivering Ocean Recovery to Achieve the COP26 Goals

08 Nov 2021

A blog by Fanny Royanez, LINK’S Marine Policy and Engagement Officer To mark the COP26 Presidency Theme ‘Adaptation, loss and damage’, Fanny highlights how COP26 is unique opportunity for governments across the UK to champion the importance of ocean recovery to help tackle the climate crisis.   We live on Planet Ocean. Over 70% of […]

Can Nature based solutions deliver the future we want?

06 Nov 2021

A blog by Deborah Long, LINK’S Chief Officer. To mark the COP26 Presidency Theme ‘Nature’, Deborah highlights the role of nature based solutions in tackling climate change.   Year World population Carbon in the atmosphere (parts per million) Remaining wilderness 1937 2 billion 280 66% 1978 4.3 billion 335 55% 1997 5.9 billion 360 46% […]

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