- Climate action with hope and optimism
- The Big River Irvine Riverbank Clean
- Eating nettles and gazing at clouds: a LEAF reflection
- #TakeItBack to the start
- Dalry Primary School's LEAF journey
- Pedalling towards a sustainable future
- Chirnside Primary School's LEAF journey
- Flowerbank Early Childhood Centre's Pocket Garden Experience
- To keep Scotland beautiful we all need to take action
- Applegarth and Hutton’s LEAF journey
- Our hope for a nature positive Scotland
- Volunteering with KSB and loving every minute
- We are all accountable for our actions
- Hillhead students talk keeping Kelvingrove Park beautiful
- Making it easy to choose a reusable cup for takeaway drinks
- Get to know...John MacLennan
- Get to know...Sandy Scott
- How Eco-Schools benefits pupils, teachers and communities
- Community gardening for climate, nature and heritage in Cumbernauld
- 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
On 20 June the Scottish Government announced that green house gas emissions targets were missed in 2021. It is now more urgent than ever for us to take greater action, invest more resources and put more effort in to rebalance and meet future crucial goals. We are committed to playing our part, and know that our new Platinum Carbon Literate Organisation status will help us to lead bold new action and engage people to help them on their own journey to Net Zero. Here our Deputy CEO Catherine Gee highlights why the journey of our own charity gives us hope that we can meet future goals.
It has been hot and dry for what seems like ages. We joke about ‘taps aff’ weather in Scotland – the rare phenomenon of the sun coming out. But, over the past few years, the sun has shone more. We have had less reliable rain. It is hotter. It is clear our weather is changing.
People come to Scotland for castles, mountains and lochs. They come for our beaches and our heritage. They expect and come prepared for our weather - the rain - and our wildlife – the monsters and the midges (although may not be prepared for the latter). Scotland is known to be green, our scenery luscious, rich and diverse.
This month visitors to our country will perhaps leave with a different impression. One of yellow grass, trees stressed with drooping leaves, images of wildfires in the Highlands, exposure to news stories about water scarcity.
For those of us who live and work in Scotland, the warmer weather is welcomed, but as it has continued, we are also hearing people complain about the heat, worry about watering their gardens unnecessarily and worry about the impact on animals and wildlife.
Our climate is changing. Our norm is not the same. And as we feel the impacts, we can only imagine the severity of similar changes in other parts of the world where baseline temperatures are higher and annual rainfall levels lower to start with. These people and communities have been struggling to cope and adapt to this more extreme weather for a long time already.
I personally want to see Scotland become Climate Literate – we all need to understand what is happening, why and commit to action. There are hard choices ahead, but ones that can benefit us, our natural environment and our economy if we understand them. Since pioneering Climate Emergency Training in Scotland in 2016, we have worked across sectors and subjects to help individuals, businesses, organisations, teachers and young people to understand the Climate Emergency, inspiring appropriate and practical action.
We’ve helped pave the way for a Carbon Literate Scotland with almost 6,000 learners becoming formally certified as Carbon Literate as a result of our Climate Emergency Training accredited by the Carbon Literacy Project. This means almost 10% of the global total of 63,000+ Carbon Literate learners are based in Scotland and have been trained by our team, past and present.
Earlier this month we achieved the highest level of accreditation from the Carbon Literacy Project and became the first Platinum Carbon Literate Organisation in Scotland. Now over 80% of #TeamKSBScot is formally accredited because we recognise this a key part of our own Net Zero transition.
A transition to Net Zero by 2045 is an integral aspect of creating a sustainable future for us all. If we want to take action to protect and restore nature and biodiversity, including our people, from the impacts of climate change, we need to take positive action now. To do that we all need to understand what action is likely to make the biggest difference and support each other to make choices in a different, yet positive way.
Our trainers have supported more than 1,000 people to take their first steps in finding out more about the Climate Emergency through shorter Introductory Training, which includes an e-Learning Module and online webinars. And, our range of accredited training, including 10 sector-based courses for businesses and organisations covers Biodiversity; Communities; Construction; Energy; Housing; Local Authority; Tourism; Sport; Transport and Youth sectors.
If you are concerned about our changing climate, particularly as we hear today about missed targets and what that may mean, then why not investigate what it takes to become Carbon Literate and take the first step today by finding our more about our training.