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“You are a part of making a successful future.” – Guest blog by Mike Elm

May 3rd, 2018 Posted by Blogs, YLDP No Comment yet


“Ask not what a successful future can do for you, ask what you can do for a successful future.”


To mis-quote Kennedy, building a successful future – a big part of which will involve tackling climate change – is about helping yourself, but yourself as part of a community, a society, a civilisation, a living-planet.

We need all (lawyers, accountants, engineers, hair-dressers, DJs, painters, builders, bankers, teachers, app developers, designers etc etc.) be involved in creating a successful future because when it comes to climate change, we are all in it together. Yes, some will feel it harsher, sooner but there will not be anyone – under a certain age – who will not be impacted by it.

But forget this reality, stark as it is. Because taking action to tackle climate change is the biggest opportunity to make a successful future for ourselves. And I mean success in the fullest sense of the word.

For me success means high levels of well-being and happiness for everyone. Clean air, good jobs, good health, plenty of free time, delicious food, abundant access to good quality nature. And all this with the knowledge that we can enjoy it and, if we choose to have them, so can our children and theirs and so on.

There is undeniably a long way to go, a very very long way to go, but there are some fantastic movements in the right direction (*cough* 2050 Climate Group *cough*). There’s much to be done. And this really is the opportunity, because no matter your passion there’s a role for you. There is something that you can be part of changing in your workplace, in your personal life, in influencing the politicians that represent you. The 2050 Young Leaders Development Programme, currently recruiting for people just like you, is an awesome way for you to get the knowledge and the skills to play your part.

I don’t, personally, give a damn about making a ‘low-carbon’ Scotland, I care about making Scotland, and the world, better. This will require it to be low-carbon but will be about everything else that success means.

You, no matter your passions, have a role to play in creating this great, exciting, successful, happy future. I look forward to being a part of making it with you and the 2050 Climate Group aka (almost) all of the best people I’ve ever met.




 Mike Elm is a board member of 2050 Climate Group and works for Creative Carbon Scotland as their Digital Communications Officer and is on the Management committee of the Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre. Currently fulfilling the 2050 Climate Group’s moustachioed minority commitment, Mike is also known for his snorkeling, table tennis and cycle adventures. Mike was Vice Chair of 2050 Climate Group group from 2016-2017.

We’re recruiting for a Communications and Information Assistant!

May 2nd, 2018 Posted by Jobs, News No Comment yet

2050 Climate Group are currently recruiting for a Communications and Information assistant to join our team as a paid 12 week placement at our Edinburgh Office.

This post will enable the development of the 2050 Climate Group through key operational, logistical and administrative support, particularly in the delivery of our organisation’s core project, the Young Leaders Development Programme (YLDP). This will involve supporting individuals and groups in the YLDP and the Leaders Network (alumni of the YLDP) to develop and lead their own activities, projects and ideas. In particular managing communications, administration, information and data around this. The full listing for this post can be viewed here. Applications should be submitted via Bright Green Placements before 9th May 2018. 

Young Leaders Development Programme applications now open!

April 20th, 2018 Posted by Jobs, News, YLDP No Comment yet

Are you…

  • approx. 18-35 years old and
  • interested in tackling climate change? Or not YET interested in tackling climate change?

Do you have…

  • a desire to develop your leadership skills,
  • a willingness to inspire others,
  • personal drive and energy?

Introducing: 2050 Climate Group’s Young Leaders Development Programme

We need leaders to make Scotland’s sustainable future a reality. Leadership is all about influence. You don’t need to be a chief executive or MSP to have an impact on this world. The aim of the Young Leaders Development Programme (YLDP) is to give young people the leadership skills and climate change knowledge they need to take action on climate change. Now in its third year, we are looking for people like YOU to join the programme. The programme will kick off at the end of May 2018 and will consist of six days of training and workshops spread through the year-long programme. Each event will be held on a Saturday.

As a Young Leader you will:

  • Receive free leadership training from Scotland’s foremost experts
  • Build knowledge of climate change issues and solutions in day-to-day life, business and politics
  • Improve your communication and influencing skills
  • Increase your confidence
  • Build your CV with skills and experience
  • Be part of a growing network of a diverse range of young people
  • Be able to inspire others to actively contribute towards taking action on climate change

Programme structure

We believe that in order to help lead the way to a successful, sustainable future, there are three spheres of influence that must be addressed: personal, professional and political.

Throughout the programme, there will be a focus on developing your own actions, for example persuading your mum to take the bus more, getting your local supermarket to stock more low carbon food and getting your local council to build a heat network!

The Leaders Network

On successful completion of the programme, you will have the opportunity to join our network of Young Leaders from previous programmes. This is a space for networking, collaboration and taking action and will be supported by training and development opportunities.

Dates for your diary

We expect young leaders to commit to attending the training sessions set out below. Don’t worry – we know life sometimes gets in the way – but if you already know that you won’t be able to attend half of these dates then it might be best to wait until next year!






Thursday 7th June 2018 (evening)



Climate change

Saturday 23rd June 2018



Saturday 28th July 2018



Climate change

Saturday 6th October 2018



Saturday 10th November 2018



Climate change

Saturday 16th February 2019



Saturday 16th March 2019


* Each venue will be centrally located in the city with good public transport links


Our Youth Climate Summit will run again in 2019 and is a great opportunity for Young Leaders to apply the skills and experience of the programme to planning an event for Scotland’s young people.

How to apply

We are pleased to offer this programme at no financial cost to participants, other than travel to each of the events (and even that we can help with – see below).

To apply, fill out this application form by 11th May @ 5pm to be in with a chance of a place on this exciting programme. If you have any questions, check the FAQs below or drop us an email at

If you have specific requirements or need alternative arrangements to this application form, please get in touch and we can discuss further. We are happy to have an informal chat about the application process.

Travel fund: We do not want anyone to miss out on the programme simply because they can’t afford it. We therefore have some funding available that you can apply for to help cover travel costs if you make it onto the programme.



Q: What if I can’t make all the dates?

A: It might be worth considering waiting for next year’s programme. That way someone who can make all the events can join the programme this year. Our events take a lot of effort to prepare so the more people are there to participate the better!

Q: How will you decide who gets onto the programme?

A: We had over 270 applications for just 130 spaces last year, and we expect his year to be competitive again. We will select applicants based on the answers in their application. We are not necessarily looking for those who already know the most about climate change or who are already working in a related sector. Our primary aim is to get a good mix of people. What is critical, however, is that you have a commitment to the programme, a willingness to learn and a desire to apply what you have learn by taking action. Anyone who is unsuccessful in making it onto the programme is welcome to join the “climate change” events, which will be open to the general public. Or you can always apply again next year. There are other ways to engage with 2050 Climate Group as well – we’ll let you know in due course.

Q: What if I live in in the Hebrides / [insert far-flung Scottish place here]?

A: Climate change won’t just affect the central belt, so we would love for you to apply. Of course, you’ll need to consider if you can make it to the central belt for Saturday morning for each event. Remember, we may to able to help with your travel costs if that’s an issue.

Q: Do I already need to be a climate change guru to apply?

A: No. We are looking for a diverse range of people; all we expect is a commitment to learn and to take action.

Q: Is this all about environmental stuff?

A: Whilst the environment is massively important, climate change is relevant to all facets of society. Expect to hear about energy generation, community campaigns, infrastructure, farming, running a business and international treaties! A key part of our work is to reach a wider audience, so that is our aim for the programme.

Q: Do I need to be in a position of leadership to apply?

A: A typical image of a leader would be a politician or CEO of a business. We think a leader is someone who influences others and we expect people from all walks of life to be able to do that, whether you’re a farmer, doctor or youth worker (to name but a few!). The YLDP will give you all the leadership skills you need to make a change, regardless of who you are or what you do.