Posts by Rebecca DeVivo

Watch Elizabeth’s Talk at TEDxUniversity of Glasgow

April 18th, 2017 Posted by News No Comment yet

In March 2017, our then Chair, Elizabeth, spoke at TEDxUniversityofGlasgow conference. Watch her talk below:

2050 @ COP 22 Agenda Announcement

November 1st, 2016 Posted by News No Comment yet

Leading for the Future: Mainstreaming Climate Action

Monday 7th November

19:00 – 20:30 UTC / GMT

COP22 Green Zone, Draa Room

The 2050 Climate Group is driving transformational change in Scotland through its Young Leaders Development Programme.  This world-first programme prepares the next generation of leaders to lead the transition to a low carbon world.  At the end of the first year of the programme, this session will highlight how this programme is delivered and creating change; how it can be expanded beyond our current reach; how it contributes to discourses on climate leadership, intergenerational equity, and urgent climate action; and tell two stories of participants on the programme and how it has affected them and how they will use the skills developed to lead for the future.


19:00-19:10 – Introduction to the 2050 Climate Group (Chris Palmer, Vice Chair, 2050 Climate Group)

19:10-19:30 – Introducing the programme (Mike Elm, Vice Chair, 2050 Climate Group)

19:30-19:50 – Participant Stories (Kerry-Anne McKay, Young Leader with 2050 Climate Group; Lynette Purves, Young Leader with 2050 Climate Group)

20:10-20:30 – Leadership for the Future (Elizabeth Dirth, Chair, 2050 Climate Group)

Livestream details:

Find the full programme for Monday 7th November in the COP22 Green Zone here:

Our Response to Air Passenger Duty

January 8th, 2016 Posted by News No Comment yet

The 2050 Climate Group have submitted their response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the proposed 50% tax cut to Air Passenger Duty.

This response reflects the expertise of our area of work – leading the transition to a low carbon economy through educating, engaging and empowering the next generation of leaders.

A baseline survey of the carbon footprint of young leaders at the outset of the YLDP revealed that 38% of total participants’ emissions came from air travel, higher than any other category. In response, the 2050 Climate Group held a YLDP event in February 2016 entitled the ‘Low Carbon Holiday Special’, attended by around 70 young leaders. This event focused on aviation’s important role in climate change, and included a workshop entitled ‘Holidays in 2050: Designed by Me’. This discussion and brainstorm highlighted the current barriers to taking low carbon holidays and envisaged potential steps that could be taken to achieve a world more conducive to holidays involving less air travel. A major barrier discussed was the relatively lower price of flying compared to other lower carbon modes of travel, such as rail.

The 2050 Climate Group’s position on APD was developed in response to the results of the baseline survey and by the issues raised in the above workshop. This submission was produced by a subgroup of six individuals on our YLDP.


You can read our full response here.

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Upcoming Events

May 2017
« Apr