- 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
- 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
Our Education and Learning Officer Catriona Rae tells us how her love of nature and the outdoors was nurtured during her schooldays in Canada - and why that means she is passionate about SDG 4 – Quality Education: “To ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.”
Environmental issues are in the news. From wildfires to floods, it’s a conversation that is impossible to avoid.
We want to raise a generation of young people that are empowered to act on environmental issues, not paralysed with fear for their future.
In order to do this, we need Sustainable Development Education and it needs to involve both critical thinking and hands on learning. We need young people to have a sense of place. A sense that their community and the natural world are places that belong to them, and that they belong in.
If young people do not have this sense of belonging, they won't feel inspired to take care of our natural places, and we need them to care now more than ever because they need to accomplish what previous generations have failed to do.
I grew up in Northern Ontario in Canada and spent my summers hiking, swimming in Lake Superior and camping, and my winters cross country skiing and ice skating. We built an ice rink on our school grounds for PE, and I spent ages building snow forts in the garden of my house. I was outside a LOT no matter the weather and I loved it.
When I was in high school we had an extra curricular group that did environmental projects – an Eco-Committee of sorts. We started a recycling programme at the school, planted trees, and lobbied teachers to photocopy less. But it was clear that we wanted to do much more than that and it was thanks to our teachers who recognised our passion for environmental issues and used it as a learning opportunity, that we learned things that would stay with us for life.
Our teachers recognised that not all learning takes place indoors with books. They began taking us outside and encouraging us to take on larger projects.
We adopted a beach called Harmony Beach not far from our town, and started visiting regularly to pick up small amounts of litter and transplant Marram dune grass. Marram grass is an important species as its extensive matted root system works to prevent erosion by providing a structure to support the sand dunes during the storms that are a regular part of life on Lake Superior’s northern shores.
This support structure helps other more vulnerable plants to establish themselves in the dunes. Harmony is a beautiful beach and has lots of visitors especially during the warmer summer months. Many people would pull grass out in their quest to find the perfect suntanning spot, not realising that by doing this they were harming the beach they loved so dearly.
In order to stop this the eco group spoke to some of the residents in the hopes that if they saw someone destroying the grass they could stop them. We also worked in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources to spread the word to beach users that the grass should be left to protect the sand.
We planted trees up the shore to further protect the beach from erosion. The previous lack of trees had left the sand vulnerable and bare in some places, allowing it to erode and blow across the highway. If nothing had been done the entire beach would have moved inland. A similar project is described here.
We spent a lot of time at our favourite beach and nearby, ice fishing, hiking, making repairs, and checking on our trees and grass. We grew to love these trips and ended up travelling around Lake Superior in a bus speaking at high schools about our project and encouraging them to take on something similar.
We didn’t have Eco-Schools back then, but the work that we were doing was exactly this. A group of pupils planning projects for the whole school to get involved in, after reviewing the situation, with benefit to the community, and measuring our results to ensure success.
Our teachers saw these trips not only as something nice to do but as an integral part of our learning. We wrote French poems at Robertsons cliffs, studied biology while ice fishing for perch, wrote persuasive articles for the local press in English class, and conducted water quality surveys with students from Illinois. Geography lessons were spent transplanting trees and learning about erosion and soil types. My locker was full of books and PE kit but also shovels, hiking boots and maps.
Because I grew up learning about the environment by actually spending time in it, I developed a very strong attachment to the outdoors and a strong desire to find a career doing something about environmental issues.
Now I am fortunate to spend my working days hearing from pupils all over Scotland about what they’re doing to protect the places they love. It is my hope that time spent caring for the natural environment now will mean a lifetime of helping to keep Scotland beautiful for future generations.