2050 Climate Group won the Contribution to Skills Award for their work with young professionals across Scotland. The youth charity are delighted to receive this and be recognised by the prestigious Scottish Green Energy Awards 2017.
The 2050 Climate Group works with young people across Scotland, engaging, educating and empowering them to take action on climate change and lead Scotland’s transition to a low carbon future. Through their Young Leaders Development Programme (YLDP), the 2050 Climate Group provides climate change education and leadership training to young people, aged 18-35. It is through this programme that the group inspires young people to take action on climate change and be catalysts for change in Scotland. Last year, the group successfully ran their first year of the YLDP with 150 young leaders taking part. In 2017, the YLDP has grown, reaching more young people across Scotland and equipping future leaders to take on climate change challenges.
The event, which took place in Edinburgh on November 30, saw winners across 11 categories receive trophies for their work in the country’s 26,000-strong renewables industry. The winners were drawn from a shortlist of 40, compiled by a panel of 10 judges, from almost 100 entries. Scottish Conservative Leader Ruth Davidson MSP addressed the 1,200-strong audience at the event, which was hosted by TV’s Hardeep Singh Kohli at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.
Ann McKechin, ScottishPower Foundation Trustee and Executive Officer, commented:
“Having supported the 2050 Climate Group’s Young Leaders Development Programme, since its inception in 2016, the ScottishPower Foundation is delighted to hear of the group’s success in being recognised for their continuing contribution to the climate change agenda. This group of dynamic young professionals really are leading the way in creating positive action to tackling the issues, and are a shining example of the role that young people can play in protecting our planet for future generations.”
Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Environment, Roseanna Cunningham said: “I am delighted to congratulate the 2050 Climate Group on winning the Contribution to Skills Award at the Scottish Green Energy Awards. It is more important now than ever that our future leaders are both motivated and empowered to champion climate change and environmental issues throughout their careers. The 2050 Climate Group has been helping to keep Scotland at the forefront of the global action on climate change and their innovative Young Leaders Development Programme is now inspiring other countries across the world.”