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.

Let’s keep our eyes on the prize of healthier seas

21 Jul 2015

There is sometimes a wee temptation to get carried away with good news, but this summer there are promising signs of change for Scotland’s seas – in the form of proposals to better safeguard 16 marine protected areas (MPAs) in our inshore waters, and thus help provide the breeding grounds for marine recovery. When first […]

Does GDP measure what really matters?

15 Jul 2015

Dr Phoebe Cochrane, LINK’s Sustainable Economics Policy Officer GDP figures released today for Scotland show us that the Scottish economy grew by 0.6% during the first quarter of 2015.  GDP is the most widely reported metric and to increase GDP is a central aim of many governments, including the Scottish Government.  However, GDP is very […]

Freedom of information is a hard-won right

05 May 2015

THIS is an issue that needs to be confronted, says Kevin Dunion. What has Europe ever done for us? Depending on the outcome of the general election, we may be assailed with claims that it is interfering and wasteful, with others stoutly defending its role in lowering trade barriers and upholding commonly agreed standards from […]

A sustainable policy needed for our land

11 Mar 2015

OWNERSHIP is less important than stewardship, says John Thomson In obvious respects, a nation’s land defines it, and helps to shape its culture. So it is hardly surprising that questions relating to land have come to the fore in the continuing ferment of debate about Scotland’s future. Unsurprisingly, given the remarkable concentration of landownership in […]

Species Champions show their love this Valentine’s

13 Feb 2015

Its nearly Valentine’s Day & our Species Champion MSPs have been busy showing their love for Scotland’s biodiversity! This Valentine, Species Champions are showing their love for their species as part of Stop Climate Chaos’ For the Love Campaign (FTLO). FTLO gives people a way of showing what they love and how concerned they are […]

Champion on the prowl for nocturnal tigers!

03 Feb 2015

Yet again, we’re delighted that another amazing species has been championed. This time the stunning Garden Tiger which is predominantly active at night has been championed by Margaret McCulloch MSP for Central Scotland.

Workshop for Scottish marine spatial planning community

02 Feb 2015

Scottish Environment LINK’s Marine Taskforce will be hosting the following event: How can marine spatial planning lead to a thriving natural marine environment in Scotland? This event will take place in the Conference Room at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (Arboretum Place, Edinburgh EH3 5NZ) on Thursday 12th February 2015 from 2pm – 6pm, followed […]

Rare, day-flying moth championed!

20 Jan 2015

We are delighted to announce that our latest Species Champion is Liz Smith MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife who is now championing the Slender Scotch Burnet Moth. This rare moth is confined to the steep, south-facing slopes under basalt cliffs on Mull and is on the Scottish Biodiversity List; not a moment too soon […]

We can lead world in marine planning

13 Jan 2015

FOR THE first time, we now have the means to monitor and look after the ecological health of our seas, says Calum Duncan FOR centuries, our seas have been heavily exploited for their fish, and as the highways of our trade. More recently a host of different, new industries, such as fossil fuel extraction, fish […]

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