- Tackling Covid-19 and climate change at a community level
- Amid the Coronavirus crisis the climate emergency has not gone away
- #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?
In these difficult and unprecedented times, as so many people, like me, try to juggle working from home with home schooling, while the global Covid-19 health pandamic changes the way we live - it is essential that we all support each other.
Keep Scotland Beautiful has been working with Scotland’s young people on environmental issues, in particular climate change through the world-leading Eco-Schools programme for more than 25 years.
We hear first-hand about the issues young people and educators care about and need more information on – climate change is one of them. And, it hasn’t gone unnoticed by our young people that that impact of the actions we are all taking to protect those around us from the spread of coronavirus has been beneficial to our environment.
Never before have we needed to support educators, parents and young people as much as we do now. Never before, have we seen an opening to reach our young people and to encourage them to consider the parallels of the decisive, and difficult action being taken to get through this public health crisis and those we will need to combat the climate and nature crises in the years and decades to come.
With some young people feeling frustrated, confused and isolated it has been heartening to see teachers demonstrating their initiative and creativity by using a range of online platforms. As parents are learning to become teachers too we have been working hard to make our resources digitally available to all in the home. And, we are delighted to be doing this in partnership with e-Sgoil.
Over the past weeks we have been developing online learning content for our Climate Ready Classrooms programme aimed at secondary school pupils and educators, funded by the Scottish Government. We have reframed our Pocket Garden competition into a Pop-Up Pocket Garden initiative which all, from the age of 3-18, can use to help them dig into outdoor learning, and our team has repackaged the Eco-Schools programme to be delivered in the home for primary school age. We are also encouraging young people to write, film or photograph their views of the environment at this time and submit them to the international Young Reporters competition.
We kicked off online teaching on 1 May and have been engaging with teachers and pupils directly through a variety of courses.
The activities we are providing through e-Sgoil are fun, practical and suitable for families to do together – while not subject based, they provide a stimulus for creativity, imagination and encourage young people to develop a curiosity to explore their environment and the challenges it faces.
We strongly feel that there is no better time to bring the environment to people while they are confined to their homes and gardens and only able to take short local walks or cycles. The current situation has forced people to adapt and change behaviours – some of which are already having a positive impact on our health and our environment.
It is vital that, as well as traditional academic subjects we capture these beneficial environmental behaviour changes so young people can embed them in their actions once we emerge from this crisis.