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.


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% […]


Empowering young people to get outdoors: Out There Award

05 Nov 2021

To mark the COP26 Presidency Theme ‘Youth and Public Empowerment’, two young people have highlighted Ramblers Scotland’s Out There Award. Research, commissioned by Ramblers Scotland in 2017, showed that after ‘Scottish weather’, young people cited their two biggest barriers to getting out walking as: lack of knowledge and awareness of where to go for a […]


LINK Thinks COP26

29 Oct 2021

The nature crisis and the climate crisis are deeply interlinked. Efforts to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss must be approached jointly for the best results. In 2019 people of all ages came together across Scotland to demand action on the climate crisis and within just five days the Scottish Government increased its 2030 emissions […]

Calum McLennan

A possible kind of future

29 Oct 2021

A blog by Deborah Long, LINK’S Chief Officer.   This blog kicks off a series by LINK staff, members, Honorary Fellows and invited guests who will bring a nature-climate twist to the COP26 presidency programme. Click here to find out more.   2021 and 2022 are the big years for action to save nature and […]

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