- Bags of opportunity for good
- Getting to know... Eve Keepax
- How I’m trying to waste less this Christmas
- Unmasking a looming litter emergency
- Getting to know... Brian Rae
- A Canal College® journey
- Volunteering during a pandemic
- Applauding the unsung heroes who manage our award winning parks and beaches
- Socially distant but learning together
- Getting to know.......Lisa Snedden
- Waste vs the pandemic: finding a new normal for single-use cups
- Now is the time to change
- Could the Global Goals provide a framework for the green recovery?
- Getting to know....Connor Launder
- Our incredible Beautiful Scotland and It’s Your Neighbourhood community
- Getting to know our people behind Climate Ready Classrooms
- Lockdown litter - a community view
- Looking after beaches
- Time for a more sustainable future, a greener and fairer one for all
- Getting to know.....Claire Gibson
- The Origins of George Wyllie's 'Original Earth Guarantee'
- Getting to know... Aoife Hutton
- National disgrace of lockdown litter
- The healing power of local places
- Tackling Covid-19 and climate change at a community level
- Amid the Coronavirus crisis the climate emergency has not gone away
- Bringing environmental education home
- #TurdTag – getting creative to tackle dog poo
- Preparing young people to take action on climate change
- Running on community power
- Reconnecting with nature
- Coronavirus isn't an excuse - flytipping is still a crime
- Sowing seeds of hope in our community
- Hope for the environment post-Coronavirus?
- From Eco-School Committee to environmental charity
- You can’t tackle the climate crisis unless you are climate ready
- Why everyone wins when you take part in Beautiful Scotland
- Entering our third decade with a splash
- 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
- 20 September climate strikes: what took place and what happens now?
- 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?
As we pour a wee dram, belt out Auld Lang Syne to our own household members and the TV to welcome a new year: one that is probably more welcome than ever before, I’d like to take the opportunity to say thanks for joining us on our voyage through 2020, and to invite you to continue to support our vision of a clean, green, sustainable Scotland.
What lies ahead in 2021 is exciting, but will no doubt also be challenging. It is a year that marks the start of our charity’s 21st anniversary, it is the extended Year of Coasts and Waters, and it is probably most importantly, as an environmental charity, the year that we will welcome world leaders to Scotland for the biggest UN summit on climate change – COP26.
It is a year that we are committed to building back better as we work towards a green and just recovery from the pandemic that is very much still influencing our lives.
We have an opportunity together, to inspire action ahead of, and beyond, COP26 when the world will be watching our country. Our environment deserves our full attention and we will do what we can to demonstrate how much we care and are committed to improving it.
Throughout the year we will continue to support individuals, communities and organisation on their journey towards Net Zero and encourage and celebrate the positive changes that can, and are being made.
We are looking forward to building a national coalition to address the looming litter emergency and we will continue to champion the improvements, celebrate the achievements and recognise those of all ages from right across Scotland who are playing their part and inspiring us daily.
If 2020 taught us anything it is that the impact of working collaboratively is powerful and gets results. Personally, last year gave me time to re-connect with nature and to re-discover, with my family, my love for the outdoors, in particular messing about in boats. It reinforced the importance to me of our green and blue spaces, not just those we travel to, but those directly outside our homes, in our own neighbourhoods.
It also reminded me that the people of Scotland are a resilient lot. But, we need to be sure that everyone who lives, works and visits our beautiful country has the knowledge, understanding and skills we need to address the climate, nature and looming litter emergencies.
Our shared goal must be a clean, green and sustainable Scotland. Join us and be part of the solution as we take action collectively to combat climate change, reduce litter and waste and protect and enhance the places we care for. Together we can make our country, our world, the place it could and deserves to be.