- Collaboration is key to becoming a climate literate nation
- More work to be done for a litter free Scotland
- 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
- 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
2022 is the Scottish Year of Stories. So, this is the story of how I came to be at Keep Scotland Beautiful.
It involves travel around the world and through different fields of employment…and, for the moment, rests nicely with me being the 2022 Campaigns Officer for My Beach Your Beach.
I took quite a circuitous route to this role at Keep Scotland Beautiful but I have had environmental education in my mind for a long time.
At school in Australia, I always wanted to be a marine biologist …back then my goal was to work with dolphins at Seaworld! I completed a Bachelor of Science in zoology and botany before environmental science degrees were really a thing. I did all the marine related subjects I could, including some fantastic field trips on the Great Barrier Reef. I even met a fellow student who already worked at Seaworld … although I was less impressed when I found out his main role was to dress as a dolphin to sell sweets!
Research for my Honours thesis involved working with the CSIRO on a project highlighting the importance of seagrass beds as nursery habitats for small fish and crustaceans. This was followed by some very smelly taxonomy work identifying species caught as by-catch in prawn trawling. While I loved getting stuck into the physical work, policy caught my eye. I moved across the country to Western Australia where I spent 10 years with the Environmental Protection Authority undertaking environmental impact assessment of development proposals that frequently were located in or impacted on the marine environment.
When I started my family, I took time out from environmental science. As my boys started school, my thoughts focused again on education. I trained as a Support for Learning Assistant and worked at that while starting a Master of Teaching and Learning. However, the travel bug intervened and we moved to Scotland before I completed my teaching training. I stayed with education in the challenging and rewarding role of a Support for Learning Assistant in the Autism Provision of a local high school.
In my 5th year there, after supporting an incredible student through their Advanced Higher Biology and Physics, I decided it was time for me to get back into science. As I packed up my locker from school on my last day, I found my first personal development report where I highlighted where I wanted my career to go…and there it was, environmental education. Amazing to find that piece of paper as I was about to move to Scotland’s environmental charity - an organisation where environmental education is integral to the focus of combatting climate change, reducing litter and waste, and protecting and enhancing the places we care for.
Being part of #TeamKSBScot has been a great learning experience. I loved working with an amazing team on the COP26 Youth Climate Programme to provide Climate Emergency Training to young people and youth workers throughout Scotland. It was exciting to empower both young people and youth workers to understand the issues around climate change and identify actions that they can take personally and in their work environments to tackle the climate emergency – whether those actions be personal behaviour changes or putting pressure on decision makers across the country.
It was only while at Keep Scotland Beautiful that I delved into the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These 17 goals relate to a wide range of interlinking issues that form the platform of a sustainable future for us all. The Scottish Government has agreed to deliver on these SDGs by 2030. These goals really nicely highlight the importance of a range of issues being addressed across all sectors to be able to work towards a sustainable future. Given my history, I am drawn to two of the SGDs above the others. Goal 4, Quality Education, is about ensuring inclusive and fair quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for everyone. Goal 14, Life Below Water, is about how we can conserve and be sustainable in the way we use the oceans, seas and marine resources.
These two SDGs are integral to the messages in my current role as the Campaigns Officer for the My Beach Your Beach campaign. The campaign encourages behaviour change to promote beach stewardship and protect the sand and sea of our beaches. Our calls to action focus on things everyone can do at the beach and also at home to support the improvement of our water quality.
One of the things I have learnt in my time at Keep Scotland Beautiful is that there is soooo much going on … so many talented and enthusiastic people doing so much work for the environment. It never ceases to amaze me just how much is going on!
Have a look around our website and you are guaranteed to find something to interest you!