Failing our future?
A blog post by Young Reporters for the Environment
- Reasons to be positive
- Shotts is ACTing NOW on climate change
- Hope is a Garden
- Do we need the word 'pests' anymore?
- Beautiful Scotland judging - the truth
- Supporting Scotland to be the very greenest destination it can be
- Arbroath - working together, inspiring local climate action and improving lives
- Reflections of a beach manager
- I do like to be beside the seaside
- Climate Action Schools - helping young people take action
- Inspiring and empowering young people
- Climate Ready Classrooms at George Heriot's
- Data drives decisions
- Litter, fines and doing time
- Why our Web Developer Cameron loves being part of Team KSB
- It's only one
- Why join the family of It’s Your Neighbourhood?
- YoungScot Legacy Event
- Why it is the sea and SDG 14 for me
- Litter picking - a surprisingly fun group activity
- Climate Action Skills and positive action for all
- Seeing community groups thrive with Beautiful Scotland and It's Your Neighbourhood
- (What to do on) a dreich morning on the Firth of Clyde
- West Lothian Litter Pickers – How I got involved
- Scotland’s Climate Festival – Seed funding for community action
- Climate Ready Classrooms at St. Paul’s RC High School
- Scottish Book Trust representative joins Pocket Garden judging panel
- Have #YourSayOnLitter - we plan to...
- Everyone has something to say about litter – time to make it count
- Who ya gonna call?
- Why I pick up other people's garbage.
- Getting to Know...Colin
- Creative Careers: Spotlight on Heritage #NoWrongPath
- Celebrating Scotland’s best managed green and blue spaces
- Taking small steps towards a more sustainable future
- Caring for our planet
- Football’s Power to Combat Climate Change
- Our work on the COP26 Youth Climate Programme
- What’s litter got to do with climate change?
- Scotland’s Climate Festival kicks off in Falkirk
- Responsible Tourism – an opportunity not to be missed
- Climate Change Vlog by Dalry Primary School
- Our Week of Climate Action
- #ScotClimateWeek - our impacts and actions
- Protecting the sand and sea
- Another fine mess – part one
- Designing a lower carbon Scotland
- Getting to know... Lisa Snedden
- Combating climate change with information, education and training
- 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
- Getting to know... Nicola Smith
- 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
- Getting to know... Eve Keepax
- Lucky to live here
- A year of opportunity ahead
- 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
- It’s time to take action to reverse climate change
- 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?
World leaders have arrived in Glasgow for the UN Climate Change Conference known as COP26. While they make important decisions that will impact the future for us all, we have invited young people across Scotland to articulate their views through the internationally recognised Young Reporters for the Environment programme we run in Scotland. Here three pupils from Clydeview Academy write a powerful blog for us on how climate change is a crucial topic they need to learn about and take action on.
Welcome to Scotland, known as one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, well only from a distance.
We all live our own lives, participating in all sorts of activities such as; walking, swimming, going to our jobs or school. But no matter what we do, pollution and climate change is affecting us all.
On our day to day school walk, we pass towering trees with birds whistling beautiful melodies as the sun has just risen. The breeze whistles over rooftops with the gulls swooping over the town eyeing out for their next bag of chips or discarded fast food. The cars whizzing past blowing their exhausts in our faces dissipating the fresh morning air, polluting it before the day has barely begun. This is our teenage existence.
We arrive, the school day begins and we embark on our futile learning. Listening to lectures about fractions, World War 2 and ionic bonds. Lessons we are told are important for our future, “Do you want to end up with no job?” the teachers will ask, and the popular “this is your future, you must learn.” But, this isn’t what we feel is currently as important for our future, no matter how much they try to educate us, because our future is precarious.
World leaders were warned decades ago about the effects of climate change, to which they buried their heads in the sand, and did next to nothing for our planet and future. The problem has grown to such an extent our generation has begun to question if we will even make it to the next century. You see, algebra is not going to help me save the planet and history may make me learn from the past but there is no point dwelling in it. Especially, when the weight of the future hangs heavily upon our shoulders. At no time in history has there ever been such a colossal, global crisis impacting our entire planet.
Global warming is a large contributor to our changing climate and it is all man made. The planet is sitting on one large Bunsen burner, it’s a matter of turning off the gas tap.
It will take a lot, getting 7 billion people to turn off their tap, but we believe it is achievable, we have faith and that might even be the definition of “young and foolish”. It is that hope, that gives us a chance. This is the future of the world as we know it. Action, not, discussion, is essential.
Littering is a huge part of the problem also. There will always be those people who think that just one singular bit of litter won’t make a difference so off they go and chuck it into the nearby bush. This type of mind set needs to go, otherwise we will never get anywhere close to saving the global environment. Haven’t you ever been told in school that your ‘school is not your personal bin?’ Well that applies everywhere you go. Changing people’s habits and behaviours is exceptionally difficult, but not impossible! A shift in society is required to reduce the impact, by making the majority of litter louts into a minority.
Plastic production alone in 2019 introduced more than 850 million metric tonnes of greenhouse gases into our atmosphere. Although this is a small percentage of the whole volume of greenhouse gases getting circulated around earth it is still a contributor.
We did not know this, it is research, so why do we, the ones it will effect most, not get taught this at school?
Even in Inverclyde, our small community, the effects of climate change are tangible. To us Inverclyde represents a microcosm of society despite its small size. Our issues may not be on such a large scale as those globally, but the issues are the same nonetheless. With the abundance of litter, carbon emissions and greenhouse gases increasing annually - we need to take action immediately. Do not abandon us to clean up the mess that you leave behind.
There are many countries and places in the world where climate change and global warming has completely wiped out their homes and communities’ with endless scenes of hurricanes, flash floods, bush fires resulting mass fatalities and irreversible damage to our ecosystems and surroundings. The animal kingdom is suffering, it’s devastating, all these creatures are completely oblivious to the problems humanity has caused and inflicted on them. Many animals are on the verge of extinction, the dinosaurs were wiped out by the universe and the natural ways of the planet let’s not be the next fossil.
We don’t want our generation to be a forgotten species.
Written by S5 students - Nina Kirk, Alex McFarlane and Mya Nathwani