Putting young people first for our environment at Keep Scotland Beautiful
A blog post by Catherine Gee
- Tackling the litter emergency to protect our wild isles
- Scotland isn't looking so beautiful. We can change that.
- Get to know... Green Flag Award Judges
- Collaboration and innovation to tackle marine litter
- An introduction to Kinnesswood in Bloom...
- The litter emergency
- Our charity faces the environmental challenges ahead with optimism
- Wrapping up 2022
- Biodiversity - Reflections on COP15
- Small steps to protect biodiversity
- Why Mountains Matter
- It’s not just bees and butterflies on your flowers
- Wet Wipes - What's the Issue?
- Young Reporters on the Route: The Launch of Running Out of Time
- Getting to know... Tom Brock OBE
- Getting to know...Kyle Usher
- A busy day for Upstream Battle education
- Planning a Wedding with the Planet in Mind
- 'Disposable' vapes and the damage they cause
- Climate Emergency Training provides positive opportunities for young people
- Making climate action possible for everyone
- 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
- Failing our future?
- 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
- Unmasking a looming litter emergency
- Getting to know... Brian Rae
- A Canal College® journey
- Getting to know.......Lisa Snedden
- Now is the time to change
- Could the Global Goals provide a framework for the green recovery?
- Our incredible Beautiful Scotland and It’s Your Neighbourhood community
- Lockdown litter - a community view
- Looking after beaches
- Time for a more sustainable future, a greener and fairer one for all
- The Origins of George Wyllie's 'Original Earth Guarantee'
- 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
- 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
- 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
“Our future is in their hands.” This is a phrase we often hear when talking about young people. But never has it been truer than in the context of protecting our planet, tackling issues like living a low carbon lifestyle to combat climate change.
The actions and behaviours of today’s young people will determine what the future will look like. That’s why we were so pleased to support the Scottish Government’s Year of Young People this year.
Throughout 2018, we have incorporated this into as much of our charity’s activities as possible – from celebrating our 12 ‘young heroes’ in our Clean Up Scotland campaign to engaging over 4000 pupils in our Roadside Litter Week of Action.
As we move towards the end of the year, it is clear young people are quickly becoming one of the most crucial demographics in the decision-making process, as they stand up for what they believe to be right.
We need look no further than the actions of Greta Thunberg at the recent COP24 summit. Despite being just 15 years-old, Greta gave a speech in front of some of the most politically powerful people in the world and said, “You say you love your children above all else, and yet you’re stealing their future in front of their very eyes.”
Social media is also providing young people the ability to breakdown the traditional communication barriers that prevented them from creating mass movements and forcing change, and that is something we are aware of at Keep Scotland Beautiful going into 2019.
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We want young, vibrant and determined young people to help us in our ambition to keep Scotland beautiful, and move towards a clean, green and sustainable world for us all to enjoy.
This year, we made huge steps towards achieving that goal. We encouraged all our It’s Your Neighbourhood and Beautiful Scotland groups to engage with schools, youth groups and young people in their communities – providing them with a of how they might go about this.
We are proud to manage the Climate Challenge Fund on behalf of the Scottish Government and as recently as this month, the Climate Challenge Fund Awards in Perth included a new Youth Engagement Award with youth representation on the Awards Panel from the 2050 Climate Group. We were also delighted to have four young people sit on the Climate Challenge Fund grants panel to help decide which projects would be funded.
Supported by Young Scot, we added a new discretionary ‘Young People’ accolade to the Beautiful Scotland awards this year, with Dunbar in Bloom in East Lothian the winners. This year, YoungScot is also supporting our One Planet Picnic, which aims to get young people interested in local and sustainable food growing – card holders are awarded 150 YoungScot points for organising their own picnic!
We also helped a number of young people to develop their environmental journalism skills with our Young Reporters opportunities, some interviewing Scottish Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham at Gardening Scotland, and another who went to COP24!
In our Week of Action, 67 schools helped in our roadside litter campaign, meaning 4,473 children took action. Of course, we have our ongoing incredible work with Eco-Schools Scotland, involving young people from an early age in the debates around the environment.
We also encouraged 3-18-year-olds to take part in our Pocket Garden competition in which young people from across the country created beautiful pallet sized gardens, an initiative we have run since 2016.
It isn’t just engaging young people through campaigns that we pride ourselves on. We have also taken on five interns in recent years, providing young people with skills to enter the work place, as well as knowledge about how they can make a difference for the environment wherever their careers take them.
We are also going to be providing opportunities for students to do projects and research with us as part of their studies.
As can be seen, at Keep Scotland Beautiful we are going the extra mile to make young people feel involved in the work we do.
Thanks to all the work we put into involving young people in 2018, we are going to be building on this strong foundation in 2019, with more opportunities for young people to get involved, like our new Upstream Battle campaign. Already this year, we were excited to have schoolchildren take part in our marine litter art competition, the winner for which is displayed at Blair Drummond Safari Park.
If you are a young person and want to know more about Keep Scotland Beautiful, get in touch with us via email@example.com. Or get in touch with us on Twitter or Facebook.