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The Link Blog is a space for members, and others, to express their views about the natural environment.

It includes our year plan and Agriculture Bill series, as well as our Blueprint for Water focused blogs.

If you would like to contribute a blog, please contact Emma Adler.

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Coastal habitats for climate change adaptation at COP26

Published on: 3 November 2021

Jazz Austin, Policy Officer at the RSPB and part of Link's Blueprint for Water Group, discusses why our freshwater and coastal habitats need greater recognition as part of the solution to the twin climate and nature crises.


Our climate needs nature

Published on: 2 November 2021

Wildlife and Countryside Link's Tallulah Belassie-Page discusses why healthy ecosystems are essential for our climate and what outcomes we hope to see for nature at COP26.


Hopes and aims for COP26 and beyond

Published on: 1 November 2021

As COP26 finally gets underway in Glasgow, Deborah Long, Chief Officer at Scottish Environment Link looks at what has led us to the twin nature and climate crises, and what needs to happen if the Decade for Ecosystem Restoration is to truly deliver for the environment.


Ahead of COP26, Boris Johnson has recognised the flaws in our recycling system, now he must rapidly act to tackle the waste crisis

Published on: 29 October 2021

Following controversial comments by the Prime Minister that recycling "doesn't work" as a means to solve the climate crisis, WWF's Paula Chin, chair of Link's Resources and Waste Group, and Link Policy Officer Matthew Dawson, write that he was right to highlight the flaws in our recycling system, but now the Government must provide solutions to our waste and plastics problems which go beyond recycling.


Environmental Land Management is too important to fail, but risks remain

Published on: 28 October 2021

After the Environmental, Food and Rural Affairs Committee published its report on Environmental Land Management today, Barnaby Coupe, Land Use Manager at The Wildlife Trusts and Alice Groom, Senior Policy Officer at the RSPB discuss its findings.


A nature positive UK? Not without new money for nature in this week’s Spending Review

Published on: 25 October 2021

Ahead of the Spending Review on Wednesday, Paul Morling, Chief Economist at RSPB gives us a breakdown of what the government need to do to bring biodiversity back from the brink and heed recovery, both for the economy and for nature.


Concerted action is needed on Environmental Rights

Published on: 21 October 2021

Co-Chair of the Link Legal Strategy Group Carol Day makes the case for a Environmental Rights Act, to secure access to environmental justice for all.


How rewilding can help build a Nature-Based Economy

Published on: 20 October 2021

Guy Shrubsole, Policy and Campaigns Coordinator at Rewilding Britain, explains new analysis that shows that rewilding generates jobs. Read more in RB's newly published report 'Rewilding and the rural economy.'


A Global Agreement for Nature

Published on: 15 October 2021

Georgina Chandler, Senior International Policy Officer at RSPB, reflects on this week's opening of the Convention on Biological Diversity COP15 in Kunming, and sets out what needs to happen in the run up to the main negotiations next year.


Digging deeper during the Agricultural Transition

Published on: 14 October 2021

Dr Richard Benwell, CEO of Wildlife and Countryside Link discusses the state of play on agricultural policy, and outlines the recommendations from Link's new report 'Digging Deeper'.