- A’ fàs eòlach air Catrìona Mulholland (Getting to know Catriona Mulholland)
- Change starts with your action, not your opinion
- 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
- 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
- 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
Today is Carbon Literacy Action Day – a national day of climate education and action which aims to catalyse action on climate change through Carbon Literacy training led by the Carbon Literacy Project. It also gives us a chance to pause and reflect on our achievements and celebrate what we have achieved despite the odds.
Carbon Literacy Action Day coincides with the UN COP28 Climate Negotiations, and no matter what the world leaders decide, or don’t decide, one thing is clear people power can, must and will make a difference in tackling what is the biggest crisis facing our planet and all that call it home.
Environmental issues, particularly climate change, have become more politicised and polarised in recent years and not always for the right reasons and this looks set to continue. We know that recent back tracking on UK and Scottish policy and commitments has disheartened many of us working in the field, indeed it has fuelled discussions with colleagues some of whom feel almost ready to throw in the towel. We also know that these changes in direction and delays doesn’t send the right message to general public about the importance and urgency of action, nor does it help those of us of working hard to engage the public in meaningful debate to easily cut through the negativity and communicate positive aspects of living more sustainably.
We have to believe that optimism, hope, determination and a stubbornness will win through.
We recognise that marginalised communities are likely to suffer the most from climate change, and in many cases already are. Those in less affluent neighbourhoods are already feeling the impacts and yet often have lower carbon footprints than those in the most affluent areas. Those in rural communities, working in rural industries are already seeing the costs as crops fail, sustainable travel options seem unavailable and landscapes and nature change unrecognisably – yet we know many have a desire to do more to combat climate change.
We understand that we need to do more to reach those most in need and in the sectors that have significant opportunity to assist us with and flourish from a just transition. And this is why we have been keen to develop new partnerships, such as the one we announced earlier this month with SAC Consulting (part of Scotland’s Rural College) to support rural industries to respond effectively to the climate crisis.
Through our partnership, and alongside the award-winning Carbon Literacy Project, we will jointly provide accredited Carbon Literacy training for the rural industries sector.
Delivered in collaboration, our training offers businesses and organisations operating in agricultural, food and drink, and land-based sectors an opportunity to gain a recognised qualification in Carbon Literacy to help futureproof their business and support the drive towards a Net Zero future.
As the official partner in Scotland for the award-winning Carbon Literacy Project, our training, which we have been pioneering since 2016, is uniquely tailored to the Scottish context and is engaging, informative and topical. We’ve trained and supported more than 5,000 people – people like you and me – to become accredited as Carbon Literate.
Combating climate change relies on us all doing something. It relies on us – ordinary people from a cross sector of society – recognising that while our actions all contribute to the climate crisis, they can also be a force for good if we change them for the better.
Addressing the biggest environmental challenge to face our planet, nature and people, will rely on the actions we all take individually, but it will also rely on solid partnerships, increased collaboration and a commitment to all do a little more in our personal and work lives.
So, let’s do it!