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.

We knew it was important, but not this important: why nature matters in a pandemic

03 Apr 2020

A blog from Deborah Long, LINK Chief Officer.  Today, more than ever before, we need to focus on the essentials for everyone: good living and working conditions, clean water and air, a thriving natural world, a safe climate for the next generation, and strong and functioning democracies that will continue to protect us in times […]

Reflections on the Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the Animals and Wildlife Bill

26 Mar 2020

In 2019, the First Minister declared a climate emergency and linked it to the ongoing nature crisis. Nature needs to be given the best possible fighting chance, including protection of animals. The Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill, which is currently progressing through the parliament aims to strengthen animal cruelty penalties and […]

Understanding Nature-based Solutions to the Climate Emergency

16 Mar 2020

The Manx shearwater is a beautiful and mysterious seabird. It feeds far from shore, only returning to its colonies at night – nesting in deep burrows, often at high altitude on inaccessible island mountainsides. Because of this, shearwaters are notoriously difficult to study – but Scotland is home to around 40% of the entire world […]

World Wildlife Day 2020 celebrated by MSPs

03 Mar 2020

This year sees biodiversity placed at the forefront of the global sustainable development agenda. The theme of World Wildlife Day 2020; ‘Sustaining all Life on Earth’ encompasses all wild animal and plant species as key components of biodiversity as well as the livelihoods of people and is more important than ever in a time of […]

Planet, humanity and citizenship: the 3 pillars of the SCVO blueprint for the future

20 Feb 2020

A blog by Deborah Long, LINK Chief Officer. On Thursday 20 February, the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) launched their manifesto for the future, offering a blueprint for action under 3 pillars of planet,  humanity and citizenship, and which recognises the need for a thriving, sustainable third sector, able to work together and with […]

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2020 – what does it bring?

31 Jan 2020

A blog from Deborah Long, LINK Chief Officer Today marks the start of the UK’s new relationship with the European Union, and while this personally makes me extremely sad and disappointed, it also marks the start of a different way of doing things. 2020 marks the start of the United Nation’s Decade for Ecological Restoration […]

Species Champions on World Wetlands Day 2020

22 Jan 2020

In celebration of Scotland’s precious wetlands, ahead of World Wetlands Day 2020 a members’ business debate led by John Finnie MSP, took place in the Scottish Parliament on the 15th January to discuss the importance of Scotland’s wetlands as sites of important biodiversity.

Setting up a new Environmental Rights Centre in Scotland

16 Jan 2020

Many people in Scotland suffer from a polluted environment, particularly those in poorer communities, and, across Scotland, environmental crises of climate change, biodiversity loss, toxic air and plastic pollution are becoming ever more pressing. There is a growing and increasingly complex body of environmental law in Scots law – some of it world-leading – and […]

It is time to look more closely at land use

06 Jan 2020

We need to take a closer look at the way we use land. Why? Because land use has very real consequences for us all and, at present, our land is managed in a way that does not necessarily deliver all the benefits it could. This is an increasingly pressing issue. The Scottish Government has acknowledged […]

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