Two nations working together to keep their countries beautiful

Charities from New Zealand and Scotland sharing a local focus and a global view

Two organisations with a shared name and shared aspiration are working together to make their countries more beautiful.

Recognising that local solutions can be shared to make a global impact, environmental charities Keep New Zealand Beautiful and Keep Scotland Beautiful have signed a partnership agreement to share their expertise across key activity areas, including programmes designed to engage people with local food growing, to support people to become Climate Literate and to tackle litter from source to sea.

Keep New Zealand Beautiful is a not-for-profit organisation that leads the way in educating Kiwis on how to keep communities clean, safe and beautiful. The iconic ‘Be a Tidy Kiwi’ and ‘Do the Right Thing’ campaigns are now an intrinsic part of New Zealand’s DNA. Keep Scotland Beautiful is Scotland’s charity for the environment, working to help combat climate change, reduce litter and waste and protect and enhance the places we care for. 

Heather Saunderson, CEO of Keep New Zealand Beautiful said,

“Aotearoa/New Zealand is only a small part of a much wider world, and Scotland in particular has many striking similarities to our amazing country. Working with charities around the globe that have a similar vision – tackling environmental issues and raising awareness to improve their communities – helps magnify our impact for a better world.”

In addition, environmental methodologies, information systems and databases will be shared and the use of science, technical and environmental information will be explored.

“We have a lot to learn from each other, and in turn a lot to share. We’re pleased to be able to partner with such a like-minded charity, to boost our impact for the benefit of communities both here and on the other side of the world,” said Heather.

Barry Fisher, CEO of Keep Scotland Beautiful, echoes this sentiment, saying,

“We come from two countries with similar beautiful natural assets, with economies based on agriculture, forestry and tourism, with populations of a similar size, and with national governments committed to tackle litter and waste and combat climate change.  So, it makes sense that we work together to share our knowledge and programmes to improve both countries and support our communities.

“I am very much looking forward to learning from and sharing our experiences with our new friends in New Zealand to make both organisations stronger and to deliver proven behaviour change activities to tackle the global issues of climate change and litter.

Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport Michael Matheson said,

“When small nations like Scotland and New Zealand work together, we can have an impact that is much greater than our size.”

“Partnership is essential if we are to be equal to the challenge of tackling the twin crises of climate change and nature loss. By coming together to share knowledge and expertise, not only will our countries be better equipped to deliver the change that’s needed, but we can also act as an example for others to follow.”

 

Find out more about Keep Scotland Beautiful and their programmes at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org

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