- Bags of opportunity for good
- 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
- 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?
Meet Eve Keepax, one of our Education and Learning Officers
Well, this feels odd. Getting to know someone usually involves a shared activity, experience or at least a cup of something warm and reviving.
It’s possible to get a sense of the individual who is writing a blog, but that usually takes time. Don’t worry, I’ll keep this brief and imagine that you’ve got a drink in hand.
If you’re reading this, I guess that you’re interested in sustainability or education or both. My role at Keep Scotland Beautiful began with a particular emphasis on food and the environment so there’s that too. I’m in the Education and Learning team, working mostly with formal education, but also with community learning and delivering training on sustainability issues, what they are and what you can do to help. Would training be of interest to you? Some professional or personal development?
I’ve developed projects that you can take part in independently, towards living within the limits of our planet, by reducing your carbon footprint for example. The One Planet Picnic is open to anyone and provides four principles as starting points for you to make your food and drink choices environmentally friendly. It’s a reason to refresh your food habits and invest some energy in trying something new that maybe fits better with your values, time, and taste buds. It doesn’t have to be fancy; soup is a great way to start. Soup is tasty, satisfying, so easy to make, so many ingredients to choose from and a large pot can last a couple of days. Leek and potato; curried parsnip; good old lentil; you might spot that I’m an enthusiast. I can talk a lot about soup.
Moving on. An annual feature of my working year is the Pocket Garden Design Competition for schools. It’s an immense pleasure to see the entries each year, the children’s engagement, and the innovative ways that they problem solve. Pocket Garden has principles of sustainability and a design brief to inspire creativity and there’s a POP-UP, at-home, version of Pocket Garden that you can have a crack at yourself.
You know what to do if you’re interested - visit the links above to find out more.
I’m going to take my soup off the hob.