If you’re looking for information about the state of Scotland’s environment, a good starting point is Scotland’s Environment Web which includes a wealth of data about our physical landscape, climate, air quality, and much more.
In particular, the website encourages and supports ‘citizen science’ – public participation to help monitor and improve our environment. So, Scotland’s Environment Web is designed to be used by members of the public, environmental groups, public agencies, community organisations, young people, school teachers and pupils - in fact anyone with an interest in Scotland’s environment.
The ‘Project Finder’ helps you locate projects with volunteering opportunities, or you can add your own project if you’re looking for volunteers. Another section lists a number of smart phone apps providing opportunities to learn about and contribute to aspects of our environment. There is also news about current issues and events, including ‘2015 International Year of Soils’ – one of the essential but often overlooked foundations of life.
Pictured here are TCV's Amanda Malcolm (left) and members of the Friends of the River Kelvin (FORK) on a recent insect survey - an example of citizen science.
Something for young folk
Young people of primary or secondary school age can enter ‘Our Environment 2016’ – a competition to encourage them to make a difference to their local environment. They are asked to identify a local environmental problem, investigate it, and suggest solutions to solve it. There are prizes available including £1000 for the overall winning entry, plus help to take the idea forward.
Scotland’s Environment Web has been developed by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) with support from a variety of organisations, including TCV Scotland.
Scotland’s Environment Web can be found at http://www.environment.scotland.gov.uk/