Aberdeen school pupils called on people to “stop littering now” as they took part in a clean-up at the launch of an environmental campaign.
Youngsters from Kittybrewster, Airyhall, Fernielea, Brimmond, Cornhill, Hazlehead, Orchard Brae and Danestone primary schools took part in the launch of Clean Up Aberdeen 2019.
The city council-led campaign, in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, is aimed at involving everyone living, working and visiting Aberdeen in action against litter and mess.
It encourages people to take part by tidying up somewhere important to their area, somewhere important for wildlife, or areas of land which are not regularly cleared of litter.
Kittybrewster Primary pupils Sofia Santos, 8, and Josie Wright, 7, hosted the event at the Beach Ballroom yesterday.
Sofia said: “We’re here to tell everybody to stop littering, that’s the message. We want everybody to stop littering now.
“Littering is bad because it can hurt animals and kill them.”
Josie added: “Here’s a crazy fact you should all know, Aberdeen City Council spent £4 million just to clean up litter. That’s so disgraceful, I hate it.”
Local authority environmental manager Steven Shaw said: “By coming together it just makes a huge difference.
“Between now and October we’ll be driving and supporting and celebrating and doing everything we can with people who want to make a difference to their city.
“If you’re picking up litter and not dropping it that shows leadership. I’ve been involved in this for 20 years and I have seen a big shift in terms of how people take responsibility.
“We’ve got an amazing city in terms of green space and we need to celebrate that and make the most of it.”
This year’s campaign will be fronted by a number of enthusiastic schools undertaking a range of litter-focused challenges and events.
Council co-leader Jenny Laing said: “I’m always really impressed with the young people of Aberdeen and their knowledge about the environment and how important it is we all play our part to protect it.
“My generation can learn a lot from the young people in the city and the example they’re setting.”
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Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, said: “We want to bring more people into our wonderful city centre, but to do that it needs to be safe and clean.”
Sport Aberdeen director of operation David Selkirk said: “I think it’s a great campaign and events like this mean it helps to raise awareness.”
Parks and countryside manager Sandy Scott said: “We still have this throwaway culture where not everybody, but some people, are still thinking it’s okay to litter and it’s really good that we’ve got such young ambassadors promoting that it’s not okay.
“I think the primary school children are leading the way with this sort of campaign. They’re showing adults that the next generation won’t tolerate that sort of pollution.”
Tara Proud, of the Marine Conservation Society, said: “I think it’s fantastic seeing young people and schools take responsibility and leading by example.”
People or groups wanting to take part in the campaign can register at cleanupscotland.com/pledge
For more details, or to get help organising an event in the city, call 01224 219281 or email firstname.lastname@example.org