Being kinder to ourselves and our planet

In this guest blog, COPE Scotland’s Hilda Campbell shares ideas and tools on how to build a sustainable world with a kindly approach.

Things we can all do to help build a world which is kinder to ourselves, each other, and the planet.

Sometimes it can be very overwhelming; all the problems we can have as individuals and the pain and suffering we see on the news which others are struggling with. Then the additional worry of what is happening to the environment, seeing parents in tears worrying about the quality of air their children breath. The cost-of-living crisis, the balance between planet and people, the period following the COVID-19 pandemic… the list goes on.

We sometimes wonder, ‘What can we do?’, ‘It’s all too much!’, ‘Will anything we do make a difference?’.

American environmentalist Wendell Berry said the world was not “given by his father, but borrowed from his children”.

In July 2015 Scotland became one of the first countries in the world to adopt the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs). The SDGs are a set of 17 goals which all UN member states are using to mobilise efforts to end poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change. There are small changes happening, and when enough small changes happen that’s when real transformation can occur. Each and every one of us can be a part of helping bring about the change. No one says it will be easy and when we set out to begin making changes, we don’t always know what other challenges may arise. However, even if the steps are small and it feels like there are obstacles, as long we keep stepping forwards, together, we can be the change the world needs to see.

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Aesop

This postcard was co-created with members of the community in Drumchapel around ideas we can all adopt to help build a kinder world for all. These are some of the small examples which can help make a difference. Why not create your own list with the people you know? There is wisdom among all of us and now is the time to tap into that. Yes, there are some who have a bigger role to play, however, all of us can help, no matter how small the effort.

“The Greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it” Robert Swan

The decisions we make in the world now, affect the future of the children of tomorrow. It is easier sometimes to believe there is no point when the odds seem overwhelming. However:

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, indeed, it is the only thing that ever has” Margaret Mead


Where can I start?

COPE Scotland was pleased to present a session to the Greater Glasgow Climate Action Network. A video of the GCAN Presentation is here with some ideas you may find interesting.

We also produced a shorter film here in our Video Gallery offering ideas around the steps we can take to help make things better.

COPE Scotland has also created a variety of ‘Jigsaw lids’ which are simple tools to help identify priorities from which actions can be planned. Explore the pieces to support climate action. You may find that of interest to share with people you know Jigsaw Lid Climate Action.


Other ideas to get involved?

COPE Scotland were pleased to partner with Scottish Communities Climate Action Network and experience the learning opportunity to facilitate climate change conversations. Creating a space to bring people together can help raise awareness and explore ideas on the steps which make change.

If you would like to discuss hosting a climate change conversation with your group, please email There is no charge – a small act of kindness on behalf of COPE Scotland in our efforts to be the change the world does need to see.

We were delighted to recently work with Growchapel, a community growing initiative working with Thomas Fortune Enable to create a scented sitooterie. We have also enjoyed collaborating with Propagate and their plot holders on a food forest and with partners to codesign a booklet for those interested in community food growing. Links to these materials as follows:


Thanks for reading, and please remember to look after yourself as well as those around you. Nature is a gift which can restore our sense of wellbeing, so helping nature and the planet is good for us too. This final video shares the benefits we can experience when out in nature, then coming home to The Coorie.


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