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We’re finalists in The Herald Global Game Changers Awards 2018!

August 15th, 2018 Posted by News No Comment yet

2050 Climate Group is delighted to announce that our youth-run charity has been shortlisted for the Young Pioneers Award at this year’s The Herald Global Game Changers in partnership with Innovators Magazine.

The Young Pioneers Award, sponsored by ScottishPower, recognises “any person or group of individuals (aged 18-25 years old) who are shaking things up…having an impact…and changing how things are done.”

Since 2014, our team have been working to engage, educate and empower Scotland’s young people to take action on climate change. We want to equip Scotland’s young people with climate change knowledge and leadership skills, so that our generation can lead the way to a sustainable, low carbon society by the year 2050.

The 2050 Climate Group is the perfect fit for the ‘Young Pioneers’ category of the Global Game Changers Awards as we are a charity run by and for young people. We run the Young Leaders Development Programme and all of our young leaders, alumni, operational volunteers and board members pioneer climate change awareness and action in their personal, professional and political lives.

The third Young Leader’s Development Programme (YLDP) is running until 2019, with plans to continue further years of the YLDP after that. All participants of the YLDP go on to join the growing ‘Leaders Network’: an alumni association designed to maintain momentum and encourage on-going education and action through events, workshops and professional development training. There is also a 2050 Climate Group Policy team who manage and coordinate policy engagement on behalf of the group. They facilitate young people to have a voice in relevant political agendas and have coordinated responses to Scottish Government consultations.

Whilst working to achieve a low-carbon and climate resilient Scotland, the group also want to help be part of the solution across the world. A new pilot project has been developed, the  Malawi Climate Leaders project, which is delivered in partnership between the 2050 Climate Group and the Malawi Scotland Partnership, and aims to build a network of young leaders for climate change action in Malawi. This relates to the organisation’s aims and aspirations as it will work to educate, engage and empower the next generation of leaders to lead climate action, and is the first step to do this outside of Scotland.

Ellie Murtagh, Board Trustee of 2050 Climate Group said:

We are honoured to be a finalist in this year’s Herald Global Game Changers awards recognising our work with young people to build a climate ready, more sustainable future for Scotland.

The winners will be announced at a formal awards ceremony on the evening of Wednesday, September 12, 2018 from 6.30pm until midnight at The Principal Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow.

We’re recruiting for an Engagement and Information Assistant!

July 30th, 2018 Posted by Jobs, News No Comment yet

2050 Climate Group are currently recruiting for an Engagement and Information Assistant to join our team as a paid 24 week placement at our Edinburgh Office.

This position marks the beginning of an exciting new phase for the organisation as we take on our first international pilot project in Malawi. This post is specifically to deliver operational and administrative support to a new pilot project, Malawi Climate Leader project, which is delivered in partnership between the 2050 Climate Group and the Malawi Scotland Partnership. The project will support the activities in Scotland, and therefore will not involve international travel. It will, however, be a key part of crucial planning and the launch phase of the project, and the potential for continuation of international work for the 2050 Climate Group.

The full listing for this post can be viewed on here. Applications should be submitted via Bright Green Placements before 9th August 2018.

Our Response to the Energy Efficient Scotland Consultation

July 29th, 2018 Posted by News No Comment yet

2050 Climate Group’s Policy Team recently submitted a formal response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on Energy Efficient Scotland. The programme sets long-term targets for energy efficiency in buildings and aims to make Scotland’s homes “warmer, greener and more efficient”. We wanted to make young people’s voices heard not only because Energy Efficient Scotland has implications for Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions targets, but also because this policy is also very personal since we spend a lot of our time in buildings. Young people, who rent privately, are often faced with draughty cold flats and an overall poor energy efficiency. Because of all of the above, the team ran a survey to gather young people’s views on energy efficiency and on the Scottish Government’s consultation. We received over 20 views and this, together with feedback received at a discussion group we ran earlier in July, forms the basis of our response.

If you would like to learn more about Energy Performance Certificates and Energy Efficient Scotland, watch our video:

A copy of our response can be downloaded here and below are some of the key recommendations that we would like to see implemented by the Scottish Government.

Most importantly, the 2050 Climate Group recommends that the Energy Efficient Scotland programme should:

  1. Set ambitious standards for energy efficiency in all buildings, either immediately or providing for an increase of the standards in revisions of the programme;
  2. Acknowledge that financial penalties and high initial costs, for example, will have the potential to exasperate inequality, and include clear support mechanisms for low-income households to increase the energy efficiency of their home;
  3. Highly prioritise households experiencing fuel poverty;
  4. Include mandatory standards for houses in multiple occupation, which are often occupied by young people who have limited means for installing energy efficiency measures themselves.

Download and read our full consultation response: 2050 Climate Group Energy Efficient Consultation Response