- 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
- 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 Scotland’s Climate Week draws to an end our Deputy CEO Catherine Gee reflects on how we have scaled up our contribution and support and made even more impact to support Scotland’s ambition to become a Net Zero Nation.
Yes, every week should be climate week. But every so often we need a focus, a dedicated week to raise awareness of the challenges that climate change brings and to celebrate the action that is being taken across Scotland.
For over a decade we have been working to support communities to take action through the Climate Challenge Fund, we have been delivering training to help people in their own communities and workplaces to understand what part they can play to reduce their own carbon footprints.
But this year, and in particular this #ScotClimateWeek, I have been genuinely excited by the level of engagement and the real positivity coming from those we have engaged with – and it seems to be more than just the usual echo chamber too.
Perhaps the world’s biggest climate change conference COP26 coming to Glasgow in fewer than 50 days has really got people interested in learning more, in taking more action. Maybe it is just that we are finally realising that time is running out and we need to act now, before our planet gets too sick to recover.
I recently enjoyed two weeks of leave, and while I was off, I reflected on what we as a charity are trying to achieve – how we are trying to make our mark, and it struck me that there was yet another analogy to be made between how we have responded to the health pandemic we are hopefully putting behind us, and how we must respond to the climate emergency.
When we’re unwell we put our trust in a range of professionals - nurses, doctors, pharmacists and carers. We don’t question whether or not they know what they are doing or if they have the right knowledge and understanding to help make us better. That’s because we know they have had training and have the knowledge to help us heal and improve. They understand the problems, and therefore can provide a solution. And, at the more basic level, most of us will be able to administer some form of first aid.
Our planet is sick. It needs all of us to help it get better. But, generally, most of us don’t know what to do or understand what it is we are doing to make the planet unwell. If collectively we don’t gain the understanding of the part we play, then it is likely that the forms of life and nature we rely on will fail.
As with the medical profession, there are levels of knowledge and expertise that are needed to help us to combat climate change and become a Net Zero Nation. Not everyone needs to be an environmental scientist or hold a masters in carbon management. But, like most of us understanding basic first aid, we all need to understand basic climate science too so we can become first aiders for our planet.
And this is why I am so passionate about ensuring as many people as possible become carbon literate. It is clear to me that our planet is our life support system. And it needs our help. We at Keep Scotland Beautiful continue to share the messages from the experts so everyone can become carers, first aiders, for the earth. We need to understand what the problems are and what we need to do to bring it back to full health.
I suppose that this is why during #ScotClimateWeek we have supported and led a wide range of activities across our spectrum of work, engaging with and supporting businesses, schools, communities and individuals to ensure they know what they can do at home, work and in their neighbourhoods to combat climate change.
The pandemic has changed the way we do things and given us an opportunity to take ideas and make them a reality – never before did we have the technological experience and belief that we could deliver climate lessons into primary and secondary schools on a daily basis. And yet on the first day of the week, our team beamed into over 400 classrooms in schools across Scotland, reaching an estimated 10,000 young people who learnt first-hand about climate change. And, this activity continued for five days with live lessons every morning of the week for primary schools and twice a week for secondary school pupils. We will be following this up next week with more CPD sessions for educators to continue our support for climate education in schools across the country. And, we have launched our Climate Action Topic for Eco-Schools Scotland.
We were delighted that the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, provided a contribution to our online event to launch Scotland’s Climate Festival which will support communities across the country to plan and deliver their own local climate festivals, alongside a national programme of events that we will co-ordinate.
And we were able to deliver a free online workshop on the climate emergency to help bust the myths and explain the jargon empowering almost 100 attendees to take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We were joined by Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport, Michael Matheson, who gave the key note address, launched a new Public Engagement Strategy to support understanding, participation and action on #ClimateChange.
On top of all that we provided Climate Emergency Training to a number of organisations and individuals including SFHA, youth leaders and businesses, announced future planned work with Scottish Borders Council and Falkirk Council and launched our new e-learning Climate Emergency Training module.
Scotland’s Climate Week is an annual event, which we have supported with activity since 2016. But this year, we really do seem to have been more ambitious and confident - scaling up our efforts and broadening our reach to make more impact than ever before.
I hope that the legacy of #ScotClimateWeek and COP26 coming to Glasgow in 2021 continues and we can build on the momentum gained so that we engage and support more young people and communities to ensure that Scotland’s ambition to become a Net Zero Nation happens as soon as possible.
I really believe that the work our charity, and many of the partners, communities and businesses we are collaborating with, will ensure that we, the decision makers of the future, will be armed with the knowledge they need to make the right decisions for our planet, and our people.
As we look to the future we will strive to empower as many people as possible to administer the appropriate first aid needed to revive our sick planet. It’s time for everyone to become climate carers and first aiders – let’s get carbon literate and bring climate change and the environment into the choices and decisions we make every day.