Scotland's Climate Festival National Events
Join in our national series of inspiring and informative online climate events, open to everyone in Scotland.
After COP26, What Next? Scotland’s Climate Future
Tuesday, 7 December | 7:00-8:30pm | online
Join us online for the launch of the new national event series for Scotland’s Climate Festival! The series kicks-off with a crucial conversation on the outcomes and opportunities following COP26 and what is next for Scotland. Join panelists including Zarina Ahmad (climate communicator and trainer), Kaisie Rayner (Climate Lead at Royal London) and Dr. Matt Winning (comedian and environmental economist), and Richard Lochhead MSP (Minister for Just Transition, Employment and Fair Work) to explore many different perspectives on climate action and the push to Net Zero.
This event is free and open to all.
Zarina has worked in the environmental sector for over 10 years, with the aim of changing the landscape to include ethnic minority voices. She has worked with many environmental organisations in Scotland to address diversity and equalities and delivers training on climate change topics from food security and climate literacy to eco-feminism. Zarina set up the Ethnic Minority Environmental Network and cofounded the charity Caring Scots, working with homeless people and refugees in Scotland and abroad. She is currently studying for a PhD at the University of Manchester and was recently recognised as an inspirational woman in STEM by the Edinburgh Science Institute as well as being on BBC Women’s Hour top 30 influential women in environment list.
Kaisie Rayner is currently the Climate Change Lead at Royal London, a commissioner at the Edinburgh Climate Commission, a fellow at the RSA and occasional lecturer at Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leaders. Her mission is to help financial institutions understand sustainability and their role in enabling the transition to a low carbon economy. Prior to working with Royal London, Rayner was the Sustainable Investment Lead at Scottish Widows and has worked with Aegon, Lloyds Banking Group, RBS and Standard Life Investments.
Dr Matt Winning
Matt is a comedian and environmental economist working at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources. Matt hosts the podcast ‘Operation Earth’ and co-hosts a Radio 4 show ‘Mark Watson and Matt Winning: Seriously, though, the Planet, and has just published a book, HOT MESS. Matt has toured around the UK with his ‘comedy lectures’ which have sold out and received critical acclaim. He performs his climate change comedy at various festivals and events, and has written for several newspapers including the Guardian, the Scotsman and Sunday Post.
Richard Lochhead MSP
Richard Lochhead MSP was was appointed Minister for Just Transition, Employment and Fair Work in May 2021.
Mr Lochhead was elected to the Scottish Parliament in 1999 and 2003 via the North East regional list. During the second session of Parliament he stood down from his regional seat and was elected as constituency MSP for Moray in the by-election in April 2006. He was previously the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment and Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science.