Young people make Promise to the Planet to help the climate emergency

Promise to PlanetAs part of Global Day for Climate Action 2021 on 19 March, the Scottish Borders' Youth Ambassadors for Sustainability have launched their #OurPromiseToThePlanet campaign for the coming year.

The Ambassadors come from across the Scottish Borders representing the five Area Partnerships of Berwickshire, Cheviot, Eildon, Teviot & Liddesdale and Tweeddale.

As well as having a personal interest in the climate emergency, as Ambassadors they are also committed to making sure that young people's voices are heard on these issues and finding ways they can help to educate and engage with local communities on climate change.

They have each made a personal promise to take a minimum of one action during 2021 that will contribute to tackling climate change and as part of the wider campaign, are issuing a challenge to people across the Borders – individual, communities, businesses and organisations – to do the same.

In the lead up to the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Glasgow in November, the Ambassadors will also be taking small actions each month to celebrate different awareness days that relate to climate change and sustainability such as Earth Day on 22 April and World Ocean Day on 8 June.

The Ambassadors also want people to join in by sharing photographs or short video clips about what they are going to do in 2021 to help save the planet using the hashtag #OurPromiseToThePlanet. These can be shared to the @SBYVoice channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

"Whether you decide to grow your own vegetables or help clean up a river, change your tea bags to more sustainable ones, be more vigilant with your recycling or be even more proactive by supporting a wildlife cause or planting a tree, all these things add up. Collectively we can make a difference in supporting our land, our wildlife, our waters, and each other, across the planet and back home in our own communities.

"Please also share your contributions to the Scottish Borders Youth Voice social media channels so our Youth Ambassadors know just how much support is out there for them and all the hard work they are putting into their campaign."

More information about the Scottish Borders' Youth Ambassadors for Sustainability and their campaign is available at: www.scotborders.gov.uk/sbyv or by emailing: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

You can also show your support by using the Facebook profile frame which you can access by going to www.scotborders.gov.uk/sbyv and clicking on the link

Young people can also gain Young Scot points for posting their promise. If you're a Young Scot Member you have earned 50 Rewards points for submitting a response to #OurPromiseToThePlanet. Log in to redeem your points or enter your points code: 1LFJOPD2 Not a Member yet? Go to https://young.scot/ to sign up

Information from Pam Rigby, Youth Engagement Worker, Community Learning and Development Services, Scottish Borders Council