- 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
- 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
Coinciding with the launch of our new Nature and Biodiversity Training, our Deputy CEO Catherine Gee has written about our changing climate and the impact on our nature and biodiversity.
Our ambition is for Scotland to be nature positive. It is a bold statement, one which is reflected in national and international policy, but it is an ambition that everyone at Keep Scotland Beautiful is extremely passionate about.
I believe it’s 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 people in the future.
This summer I’ve noticed, like many others, the yellowing of the grass, the stressed silver birch trees; leaves which should be vibrant green are dulling and dropping to the ground too early. I’ve missed seeing the hedgehogs usually spotted snuffling in my garden and drinking at the pond, and I am acutely aware that there have been fewer healthy blooms in my garden to sustain the usually buzzing and busy bees and other pollinators.
Our native species seem to literally be gasping as we come out of one of the driest early summers ever. In fact, in May rainfall was well below normal in many parts of Scotland, and for the UK was just 55% of average.
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, killing animals and species, and destroying ecosystems.
The observations I make in my own garden are playing out across the country, from marine habitats to freshwater, from meadows to woodlands, and from mountain to glen. The plants and animals we take for granted are under relentless attack from our changing climate.
Because of this, I am proud to reveal our new certified Nature and Biodiversity Training, which our expert trainers have developed. It aims to help you understand the links, the challenges and the actions you can take, big and small, to drive the changes needed in Scotland, and across the world.
Our training emphasise hope over despair, because despite the challenges, there are wonderful examples of the co-benefits of improving habitats and restoring nature.
It has been six months since the adoption of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework and its associated package of goals, targets and financing agreed at the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity Conference of the Parties (CBM COP15) in Montreal. While we have always supported 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, in the last couple of months we have really stepped things up as we work to support the recovery of habitats which benefit the planet and people.
It is likely you, your organisation or your community is already thinking about climate change, net zero and taking positive action to minimise your carbon footprint. It is equally important that you start to think about the impact you have on nature and biodiversity and the action you can take help restore key systems, plants and species that are so important to maintaining life on earth. We can help you understand and re-connect with the natural systems, wildlife and plants that support Scotland to flourish as well as develop your understanding of the connections between climate change and biodiversity loss.
If you are concerned about our changing climate and in particular the impacts that this has on our nature and biodiversity, if you want to live in a nature positive world, then why not investigate our training and take the first step today by finding out more.