Looking forward to voting in 2014? No, I don’t mean the independence referendum in Scotland. I mean the European elections on 22 May. So, does this election matter? I’d say it does. But, in 2009, for 71.5% of Scottish people, it didn’t matter enough to vote. However, if you’re interested in the kind of things we’re [...]Read more
Lang Banks – director, WWF Scotland:
I’m one of those lucky people that gets paid to do their hobby, and I’ve been even luckier to have been able to do so for over a decade now. Although I’m a biologist, I’ve spent most of my working career on communications and campaigns.
My interest in environmental issues probably stems from long walks as a child along the beaches of Ayrshire and the Argyll countryside. The lively political discussions around my parents’ dinner table most evenings probably helped too.
Although I head WWF Scotland, I regularly work on issues right across the UK, Europe and even globally. I especially enjoy working with colleagues from around the world and attempting to maximise the collective power and impact of the Panda.
A self-confessed news junkie, I love nothing more than wading through piles of newspapers every day. I like beer and keep chickens.
You’ll probably see me blogging and tweeting about things in the news, campaigns and international events. You might even see me blog and tweet about my chooks.
My latest posts
This Thursday, MSPs will spend their final hours of the 2013 parliamentary calendar debating the draft Scottish Budget for 2014-15 before Finance Secretary John Swinney MSP presents it to the Parliament in the New Year. The Parliament’s Finance committee, charged with scrutinising the Draft Budget, noted that a “renewed effort is required by the Scottish [...]Read more
On a recent visit to the Orkney Islands I saw how the ongoing archaeological dig of Neolithic buildings at Ness of Brodgar is helping to re-write the history books by placing the islands right at the centre of ancient Britain, as opposed to its fringes as originally thought. However, my trip also revealed Orkney to [...]Read more