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Celebrating Global Goals Week 2018

This week we are joining governments, businesses, individuals, community groups and others across the world to celebrate Global Goals Week 2018.

Global Goals Week is an annual week of action, awareness and accountability to build momentum for the Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals) and ensure that no one is left behind.

To celebrate Global Goals Week, and to highlight the central role of the Goals to our work, we have published our Annual Review today (Monday 24th September), looking back at the difference and impact that we have made across Scotland to protect, conserve and enhance our environment.

Tomorrow we will demonstrate our work on Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities by presenting at the EAUC-Scotland (Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges) Engaging Communities and Communicating Climate Change event, discussing our work with community groups across Scotland.

Our Healthy Working Lives group will lead a lunchtime walk on Wednesday, highlighting the importance of Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing and our Education and Learning team will be hosting a meeting on Raising Aspirations in Science Education for STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) educators, an example of our work contributing to Goal 4: Quality Education.

On Thursday, we will celebrate Goal 12: Sustainable Consumption with an organisation wide Swap Shop, where we transform part of the office into a lunchtime shop of unwanted clothes, books, DVDs and CDs donated by members of staff. We will also contribute to a webinar on Goal 13, discussing our Carbon Literacy work and the impact this has had across Scotland.

On Friday, we will focus on Goal 15: Life on Land with our internal biodiversity group, part of our internal ‘greening group’ will run a session on creating bug hotels in hedgerows around the office.

Global Goals Week 2018 focusses on inclusivity and collective action - emphasising the importance of simple actions from all sections of society. Last week our Corporate Services and Finance Director, Catherine Gee, published an opinion piece highlighting some of the simple actions and approaches we can take as individuals and businesses to encourage more sustainable living.

Paul Bradley, Open Government Project Coordinator at SCVO, said:

“It’s great to see how the Global Goals are fully incorporated into Keep Scotland Beautiful’s strategy and activities. It’s so important that the Goals become part of every Scot’s business because it’s by working together that we can make a real difference. They provide public, private and third sectors with a common ground to come together.    

“Scotland's Sustainable Development Goals Network – of which Keep Scotland Beautiful is an active member – is  a coalition of over 150 people and organisations from across the country committed to making a difference. It’s a network which is free to join and open to anyone who wants to play their part in protecting the planet and I’d encourage anyone thinking about it to get involved and do their bit.” Read more about Scotland's Sustainable Development Goals Network.

24 September 2018

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