2050 Climate Group Summit

Young professionals learn about leading the transition to low carbon future in Scotland.

The 2050 Climate Group Summit focused on how regions of Scotland will be affected by climate change, across the whole spectrum of sectors. The event took place on 26 November at the University of Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre, and provided an opportunity for young professionals to learn about the challenges in all our futures and how to get ready for the low carbon transition we need.  

We were pleased to be represented through Climate Challenge Fund Development Officers, Davina Bright and Claire Gibson, and were delighted to see a number a familiar faces associated with projects funded through the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund. There have been £313,470 of awards for Climate Challenge Fund projects led by young people in 2016/17. These projects include the All Weather Growing Project, run by Raasay Primary School, The Edinburgh Creative Reuse Hub, run by SHRUB and Remode Unique boutique run by Local Energy Action Plan.

The Summit commenced with a welcome from the Chair of the 2050 Climate Group group Elizabeth Dirth. Elizabeth emphasised the value of telling our own personal stories about climate change and that these opinions might carry more weight than statistics and help to tackle apathy about climate change.

Elizabeth’s speech was followed by inspiring stories from recent graduates from the Young Leader’s Development Programme (YLDP) which was launched in 2015 to engage, educate and empower Scotland’s Young leaders. There were further inspirational addresses from actor Rob Callender and Minister for Business Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse MSP.

After a delicious vegan lunch, it was off to a variety of engaging workshops. There were five workshops or a tour to choose from; the topics ranged from how the arts, health and business sectors can help to address the issue of climate change, to what we as individuals can to do to support the transition to a low carbon future in Scotland.

To close the summit there was a talk from Phil Berry, former Nike Sustainability Director, on leadership in the private sector. This was followed by closing remarks from Elizabeth Dirth, who stated that there is no such thing as business as usual in our generation and we need to sculpt and lead the transition to a low carbon Scotland; #2050startsnow. You can find out more about the 2050 Climate Group and how to become involved via their website.

There are many ways to tackle climate change from small everyday actions to becoming more heavily involved. Many of the opportunities we offer young people could help you develop skills and experience as well as tackle climate change


28 November 2016

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