- Is 2020 the year for a circular economy in Scotland?
- A year in the life of: the campaigns and innovation team
- Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime
- Setting sail: all aboard the partnership
- Free wheeling
- Scotland is thirsty for change
- This #ScotClimateWeek, are you ready to pledge?
- Upstream Battle at Whinhill Primary School
- Elaine Hopley on our Upstream Battle week of action
- Playing our part to reduce cup waste
- The funeral of a glacier: time to pull the emergency brake
- Get your Paws on Plastic
- Arran – exploring its hidden gems
- It’s time to take action to reverse climate change
- Monitoring litter to help keep Scotland beautiful
- Tackling Our Unsustainable Cup Consumption
- Cups hitting the ground: what we learned at TRNSMT Festival
- We All Have To Fight The UpStream Battle
- It's rubbish that people have to clean up after litter bugs
- The power of pocket gardens
- Registering your clean up makes a difference
- Tackling climate change starts at home
- Speaking the language of Carbon Literacy
- The life of a Keep Scotland Beautiful intern
- Wheatley Group: two years on and still going strong
- Roadside Litter: Think twice before you chuck
- Our citizen scientists are ready to make waves for Upstream Battle
- Taking a stand on climate change – what actions will you take?
- The Cup Movement will tackle our litter culture head on
- Working across borders to tackle climate change
- Celebrating 25 years of Eco-Schools in Scotland
- Climate change – it’s personal
- Putting young people first for our environment at Keep Scotland Beautiful
- Treading lightly – steps to lower our carbon footprint
- Aunty Babs washes her spoon and so should you
- Climate change: we can all do our bit
- Have yourself a green Christmas
- Shifting up a gear on Scotland’s roadside litter problem
- It’s time to consign our litter problem to the dustbin of history
- We can save our seas by starting at home
- Everyone can do their bit to protect the world – what’s your Goal?
I want to tell you about 20 September, the weeks leading up to that date and what it means for the future.
On 20 September, the largest climate change protest in history took place in every continent of the world.
The reason? Climate change is hurtling fast towards a point of no return. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has said, in no uncertain terms, that to limit the worst effects of climate change we need “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society”
In August 2018, Greta Thunberg skipped school one day to demonstrate outside Swedish Parliament to call for stronger climate action. What followed was a rippling movement, led by young people – calling for the necessary: for the world to align our actions with the science and to cut global greenhouse gas emissions.
Keep Scotland Beautiful has worked in the climate landscape for over a decade. Yet 20 September tipped a new point for our organisation. Our board of trustees made a decision to grant all staff a day to support the strike or to participate in a Climate Conversation. And we weren’t the only organisation in Scotland, businesses and organisations across sectors did the same. The message is clear, we all need to step up our efforts to new levels, the time for waiting has long passed.
Colleagues and I attended strikes in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling and Dundee. On the train to the Edinburgh strike I felt anticipation; there was an energy, a positivity that can feel absent at times in the face of environmental injustice. We met for a steward briefing in the morning, having signed up to help following a call from Scottish Youth Climate Strike for 100 adults to assist with the march.
We expected 5,000 – 10,000 attendees at the Edinburgh strike. Estimates now place that at 15,000 – 20,000. And remarkably, the majority of the crowd were children and young people. They were creative, ambitious, honest and unapologetically demanding a different path for Scotland.