A week at Keep Scotland Beautiful

A blog post by Ruby Fisher

Ruby Fisher

Posted 27/12/2023

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Ruby Fisher recently completed a week of work experience with #TeamKSB and wrote this blog to share her highlights from the week.

As part of my S4 year at Crieff High School I took part in a week of work experience to prepare for the ‘World of Work’. So, I decided to go to spend this time with Keep Scotland Beautiful, an environmental charity dedicated to a sustainable Scotland, working with schools, communities and businesses to make the country green.

For my first day, I joined in on a Live Lesson that Keep Scotland Beautiful provides for schools across Scotland. The lesson was very interesting, and the guest speaker Emma Reynolds was engaging as well as informative. She talked about her books inspiring climate activism and how she collaborated with other illustrators to create a beautiful book, telling the story of young environmentalists across the world. Her other book, Amara and the Bats, gives an insight into the misunderstood story of how bats are seen as pests rather than animals that are endangered and in need of help. The live lesson talked about the impacts of climate change, what it means and how we can help. Throughout the day I met various members of #TeamKSB and was assigned tasks to support the charity’s social media channels.

Throughout the week I was kept busy, never a boring moment whether I was in a meeting, working on assignments or taking part in Climate Emergency Training. On the last day of my work experience I went to visit St Bernard’s Primary School in Glasgow, an amazing facility with dedicated teachers and a wonderful working environment. The last live lesson of the week, a live assembly, took place here and we were joined by MSP Màiri McAllan, the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Net Zero and Just Transition. The pupils were excited to welcome her to the school and she left with a basket of fruit and veg they had grown in the school garden. The live lesson brought a great end to the week and many excellent photos were taken.

Before I came to Keep Scotland Beautiful, I thought that it was a charity that organised litter picks, encouraged contact with nature and worked to achieve net zero but now, after spending a week here, I realise it is so much more. Keep Scotland Beautiful is an organisation dedicated to making the whole of Scotland a green and carbon literate country, creating amazing programmes, courses and opportunities involving the communities, schools and businesses that make up Scotland. The amazing staff here do a great job of making this possible and I am grateful to have spent my time here as I have learned so much and have gained a worthwhile experience that I have really gained a lot from.

If you're interested in joining #TeamKSB, visit Join Us | Keep Scotland Beautiful for more information on our vacancies.

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