- A’ fàs eòlach air Catrìona Mulholland (Getting to know Catriona Mulholland)
- Make a pledge to join #SpringCleanScotland 2024
- Empowering communities: our Neighbourhood Champions
- Team KSB's #UpstreamBattle data day along the Clyde
- Make a cleaner, greener, more sustainable Scotland your New Year resolution
- Tread lightly and make sure you leave the right impact with your footprint
- The importance of Learning for Sustainability
- Collaboration is key to becoming a climate literate nation
- More work to be done for a litter free Scotland
- A week at Keep Scotland Beautiful
- A decade and a half of environmental legislation
- It's never too early to learn about the climate emergency
- Our strategy to inspire action for our environment
- FARE Lochend - Where good news is standard
- Glashieburn's LEAF journey
- An Interview with Travel Influencer Chris Lawlor
- 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
- Becoming a Platinum Carbon Literate Organisation
- 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
- 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
As the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Conference of the Parties (COP15) draws to a close, and we reflect on the important global commitments to tackle the climate and biodiversity crises, our Deputy CEO Catherine Gee takes time to explore how we have supported and celebrated those taking action. She also looks forward as we scale up our reach to assist people reset their relationships with our local and global neighbourhoods and green and blue spaces.
As an environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful is committed to supporting people to help maintain and restore biodiversity across Scotland and the globe. Through our work we contribute to Scotland’s aim to become Nature Positive by 2030 and to have restored and regenerated biodiversity by 2045 in line with the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy.
This is why the adoption of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) and its associated package of goals, targets and financing agreed at the COP15 in Montreal, following four years of negotiations, is so important to us.
The 196 parties to the convention agreed to halt the destruction of our planet's biological diversity and put humanity on a path to living in harmony with nature by 2045. With 196 parties, the CBD has near universal participation around the world reflecting the true importance and impact of global biodiversity. But, if we want to halt biodiversity loss the implementation of the agreed Framework must start now and at pace.
The climate emergency, the nature emergency, and our recently confirmed litter emergency are all inextricably linked. They are all fundamentally propelled by unsustainable patterns of global production and consumption - our continuing over-use of resources is driving biodiversity loss and destroying ecosystems.
We welcome the inclusion of the 30x30 target to protect at least 30% of the planet for nature by 2030, but also recognise the challenges that lie ahead. The newly agreed Framework must act as a launch pad for governments, businesses and individuals to move urgently towards a ‘nature-positive’ world.
There are difficult decisions that will need to be made by our leaders with regard to land-use and land-use change, and the ways in which we mine and process materials including natural resources. But while we wait for global leaders and politicians to implement the Framework internationally, we can act now.
We must consider our own actions and make ourselves aware of the severe threats to nature, here at home and abroad. How many people know that we’ve already lost nearly 25% of our species abundance in Scotland, let alone the impact that this might have?
I believe that it is essential we help reconnect people with the natural world in their own neighbourhoods and places, for their own health and wellbeing, and for the survival of species themselves. This is why we have developed an accredited Climate Emergency Training with Biodiversity – to support people to find out more about the twin crises and to enable action.
As we enter a new year, we can all plan to do simple things to help nature, such as:
- support more community-based nature action as demonstrated by many of the community groups we support through the It’s Your Neighbourhood programme in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society;
- buy and eat local seasonal products, or grown your own food;
- equip young people and educators with the knowledge and skills they need to meet the challenges ahead;
- support businesses to improve their environmental credentials and sustainability;
- make a home for nature and plant for biodiversity, or;
- register for our Climate Emergency Training with Biodiversity.
Despite the challenges we know life on earth faces, we must find hope, and approach 2023, positively. It is essential that we find ways to live that take less from our planet and that we give back equally if we are to leave the world a better place for future generations.
One of my aims for the coming year is to really help those we work with to develop strong and improved relationships with nature. We need to care about saving our planet – not just for ourselves but for the sake of the rich and varied biodiversity that supports all life on earth.
You can read more about our work to support action to protect nature in our recent news story.