- 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
- 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
Most people have an environmental pet hate. Some people don’t like litter and dog poo. Others hate to see a light left on when no one is in the room or a diesel car engine left running in a car park.
As a charity our three main aims are to protect and enhance places, to combat climate change and to tackle litter and waste.
With the UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, being hosted here in Scotland, in our largest city this month, the climate crisis is becoming a more urgent topic of conversation for people. It is seen as the biggest threat to our species and our world.
Meanwhile, preparing a city and a country to receive 120 World Leaders and the entourage that surrounds COP26 has also brought to the fore the cleanliness of our cities and criticism of those who work hard to deal with the problem – volunteers and local authority employees.
COP26 has unwittingly brought the challenges we are working hard to address together.
Scotland is beautiful, but we know it is also scarred in places by litter and waste. We know that we have set ambitious climate targets as a nation, but we acknowledge we need to do more. Much more. Both here and across the world.
I was delighted to join our international colleagues – Foundation for Environmental Education – this week as we delivered a session at the COP26 Green Zone about the “Power of Networks” to address the key environmental challenges of our day. In the session there were contributions from around the globe and, unsurprisingly the concept of pollution and litter was a common theme. This is a global, but yet, very local issue that effects everyone across the world – and yet we can do something about it every day.
What has become clearer over the past weeks is that we must stop alluding to all these emergencies in a stand-alone way. The Climate Emergency. The Nature Emergency. The looming Litter Emergency. Because, they are really one and the same are they not?
So often we put our blinkers on and deal with carbon emissions alone. But, we must remember, and remind others of the complexity and interlinkage of the issues that have led us here.
We must acknowledge that one of the key drivers of poor local environmental quality caused by litter and flytipping is the same unsustainable use of resources which is driving the climate crisis. This is clearly exemplified by the multitudes of disposable items which are used just once before being carelessly disposed of as litter.
We must all consider what we buy, when, how we use it, when we reuse it and how we dispose of it. We must think about the carbon footprint of a plastic yolk from four tinnies as well as the impact it can have when littered entangling our wildlife.
Sometimes it is about the bigger picture.
Biodiversity loss, resource scarcity, pollution, overconsumption, inequality all these issues are interlinked. The one common denominator. Us. People. The one solution. Us. People.
Collectively we can make a difference. We need to open our eyes, to take a more holistic approach and stop compartmentalising the issues.
We all have it in us to change our behaviour. To consider alternatives to the way we currently live our lives. We just need to act. And act now.
We all want a positive outcome from COP26, but even without political agreement, we can make a difference and combat climate change and tackle litter now.
And we are here to support you with our activities, now, during and post COP26.