Economics

Our Economics Group aims to influence economic debate in Scotland, bringing the environment and wellbeing into discussions.

Background 

Over the last decade, LINK members have become increasingly aware of the importance of engaging in economic debates as environmental objectives and concerns have often been side-lined by economic policies. In 2011, LINK established its Economics Group which aims to influence the economic debate in Scotland.

Current focus

The Economics Group delivers our circular economy project, A circular economy for a fairer footprint, supported by Friends Provident Foundation. This project is campaigning for a strong circular economy bill – we need to re-programme our economy to extract less from the planet, re-use what we have taken and regenerate our natural systems.

The Economics Group has a number of active members, a full list is shown below.

Convener

Matthew Crighton, Friends of the Earth Scotland

Vice-convener

Bruce Wilson, Scottish Wildlife Trust

Staff Liaison

Phoebe Cochrane

Previous work

In 2012, LINK commissioned a report to articulate the network’s position with regard to its view of a successful Scotland. The report, Environment and the economy, helping Scotland to flourish challenges the Scottish Government regarding its emphasis on sustainable economic growth and GDP. In 2013, LINK was successful in getting funding for a three year project, the Flourishing Scotland Project.

The Flourishing Scotland Project  focussed on the then review of the Scottish Government’s National Performance Framework and promoting alternative metrics to GDP. The project also developed a narrative on the environment and the economy, engaged in the development of the Scottish Government’s Circular Economy Strategy, and organised thought events about transitioning to a low carbon and sustainable economy.

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30 Jun 2020

Within a matter of months life has changed considerably for us as we begin to embrace our ‘new normal’. The pandemic has brought into sharp focus the life we led before, the people we cherish and the kind of life we wish to lead once this crisis blows over. With less cars on the road […]

Scottish public want a less wasteful economy

09 Jun 2020

A Scottish Environment LINK survey published today shows the public want a less wasteful economy with lighter demands on the planet (1,2). These findings come at a critical time, with Governments now considering how best to stimulate the economy as part of the recovery from coronavirus (3). The survey showed that respondents would support moves […]

Circular Economy proposals need a top level target says Scottish Environment LINK

07 Nov 2019

SCOTTISH ENVIRONMENT LINK PRESS RELEASE 7th November 2019  Circular economy proposals need top-level targets says Scottish Environment LINK  The Scottish Government consultation (2) for a Circular Economy Bill, published today, contains proposals for reducing waste but does not include the high-level targets which LINK has been calling for with the support of 35 Scottish organisations […]

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A circular economy for a fairer footprint

This three year project, which started in May 2018, aims to reduce our consumption of planetary resources.

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