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.

Investing in people and nature as part of the Green Recovery

25 Jun 2020

A blog by Helen Todd, Campaigns and Policy Manager for Ramblers Scotland and former LINK Chair. Sitting at home at my laptop in Edinburgh during lockdown, I’ve often found my mind wandering to some of my favourite places in Scotland. What’s it like on top of the Cairngorms right now? Are eagles noticing the lack […]

The horizon is a long way off

23 Jun 2020

A first and personal take from LINK’s Chief Officer on recommendations for a green and fair recovery. On 22 June, the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery, published a series of recommendations for the Scottish Government to consider as part of an economic recovery to the COVID-19 pandemic in Scotland. Here at LINK, we responded to […]

For Peat’s Sake

17 Jun 2020

During the Covid-19 lockdown many people have started to garden more. It is a good thing to see sales of vegetable seeds soaring, so much so that they have been hard to find. Initially, at least, it was also difficult to obtain other necessary garden products and I struggled to get hold of peat-free compost. […]

Why a more circular Scotland needs to be part of the economic recovery

15 Jun 2020

By Phoebe Cochrane The Covid crisis and associated lockdown has brought into sharp focus many aspects of our life, our society and our economy; what is important to us and how well equipped we are to deal with sudden shocks.  The recovery package being considered by the Scottish Government offers an opportunity to set our […]

Get outdoors for physical and mental wellbeing

03 Jun 2020

A blog by Juliet Caldwell, Species Champion Coordinator at Scottish Environment LINK.  The last few weeks have seen an unprecedented and disruptive change to our daily lives in a bid to keep us safe. In a time of uncertainty, what is certain is that the current situation and the advice regarding social distancing and self-isolation […]

Celebrating International Day of Biological Diversity

22 May 2020

A blog by Paul Walton, Head of Habitats and Species at RSPB Scotland and Vice-convener of LINK’s Wildlife Group.  Today, May 22nd, is the United Nations’ International Day of Biodiversity. The theme for this year is Our Solutions are in Nature. When planning for this event, no one could ever have predicted how this theme […]

In Recovery

29 Apr 2020

A blog by Professor James Curran MBE, Chair of the James Hutton Institute and Honorary Fellow of Scottish Environment LINK.   As I write this, the world-wide battle against Covid-19 is underway.  In every country, Governments are taking unprecedented action and mobilising enormous financial resources.  In the UK there are the first signs of a reduction in hospitalisations and, hopefully, the […]

Black swan: six things to consider as furloughing impacts your charity team during the pandemic

15 Apr 2020

A blog by Kevin Lelland, head of development and communications at the John Muir Trust and a Trustee of Scottish Environment LINK It’s the black swan of our time. Few of us could have imagined how our lives and society could change so dramatically and quickly by an insidious pandemic that affects all of us […]

The new can become normal: what the pandemic teaches us about our food systems

14 Apr 2020

Thousands of people have died, and thousands more are bereaved. Jobs are lost, businesses destroyed, hopes and plans in tatters. But it could have been even worse. What if the shops had actually run out of food, not just delivery slots? They didn’t. The massive stocking up, followed by the closure of the entire catering […]

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