- Getting to know... Lisa Snedden
- Litter picking 500 miles was always Gonna Be easy
- 7K for 7 Flags Challenge
- Littering less at St Joseph's Primary School in Glasgow
- Smashing litter picking targets during an unexpected stay in Scotland
- Keeping our communities beautiful
- Celebrating our brilliant volunteers
- Designing a pocket garden
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- East Haven Together
- It’s time to litter-ly turn anger into action
- Working in partnership to give communities a helping hand to clean up Scotland
- Why Beautiful Scotland is important to Lauder in Bloom
- We can all be climate ready
- Climate Ready Classrooms at Speyside High School
- Taking part in It's Your Neighbourhood
- Bags of opportunity for good
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- Lucky to live here
- A year of opportunity ahead
- How I’m trying to waste less this Christmas
- Unmasking a looming litter emergency
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- 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
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- The Origins of George Wyllie's 'Original Earth Guarantee'
- Getting to know... Aoife Hutton
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- The healing power of local places
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- Preparing young people to take action on climate change
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- Everyone can do their bit to protect the world – what’s your Goal?
We regularly hear how vital education is to enable the right choices and actions to be taken by people to create a better world – for people, for the wildlife that is so intertwined with the survival of our own species, and for our planet.
Climate change continues to present one of the greatest challenges in human history. But we know that education can help us collectively combat the climate crisis, by empowering and enabling positive change.
Back in 2015 Scotland adopted the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and shortly after we at Keep Scotland Beautiful aligned our work to ensure all activities contributed to the outcomes. Unsurprisingly two of the strongest of the 17 Global Goals that we contribute towards are Global Goal 4 – Quality Education and Global Goal 13 - Climate Action.
We know, having delivered the international Eco-Schools programme in Scotland for almost 30 years, our children, and our educators need access to good quality information and experiences that help them understand what we can all do to combat climate change.
As an environmental charity, we are here to help people, young and older, to understand the challenges our environment faces and to empower them to take positive action.
Education is a key strand of our work, and we were pleased to see in the recently published report from Scotland’s Climate Assembly that a number of the 80 recommendations for action linked to education and life-long learning.
Through our Climate Emergency Training we are working to provide people from across the spectrum of civil society with accurate information to support behaviour change to tackle the climate emergency. We strongly believe it is essential we all know the facts and understand what we can do to support the huge changes needed across society to achieve the ambition of becoming a Net Zero Nation.
In the report members of the Children’s Parliament stated that it was essential that all children and young people have information about the climate emergency in Scotland – and through our Climate Ready Classrooms activity we have already reached thousands of young people and their educators. Another recommendation was that carbon emissions and reduction topics should be embedded in all relevant education programmes. And, once again we are delighted that in response to global calls for a greater focus on climate change we have exciting plans for a focused Climate Action Week this autumn, ahead of COP26 coming to Glasgow, and a new Climate Change topic for participating Eco-Schools.
Climate change and the factors driving it: mass consumption; excessive energy use; and unsustainable transport, have always been a focus of Eco-Schools, but elevating climate change to the fore, will give educators and young people greater support at a time, when action is so desperately needed.
For almost three decades, we have been committed to supporting the environmental education of more than a million young people, empowering them to understand complex global and local environmental issues so they can take appropriate actions.
With COP26 just around the corner our climate change education programmes must now provide a lasting national educational legacy – we need to educate the future so that nature and people can thrive together.
First published in the Scotsman 20 July 2021.