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2050 Climate Group Announces New Leaders

April 22nd, 2017 Posted by News No Comment yet

The 2050 Climate Group announced this week the appointment of a new Chair and new Vice-Chair.  Richard Dryburgh, former Treasurer of the organisation, has been appointed to the position as Chair with Kerry-Anne McKay, appointed as Vice Chair and Ian Mack as the group’s Treasurer.

Commenting on the future of the 2050 Climate Group, Elizabeth Dirth said: “Richard, as our new Chair, and Kerry-Anne, as our new Vice-Chair, bring the knowledge and experience that are exactly what’s needed for the next chapter of 2050’s book. As we are just in the first months of our first year of being an official SCIO, they will guide the organisation through this transition and the second year of our “world first” Young Leaders Development Programme.”

The 2016 team Elizabeth Dirth, Chair and Mike Elm and Chris Palmer, Vice Chairs, will continue to contribute their skills and enthusiasm in their roles as Trustees and their involvement in the operational subgroups.

Leading for the Future: Youth Climate Summit 2016

December 20th, 2016 Posted by News No Comment yet

Over 300 of Scotland’s Future Leaders Gather in Glasgow

More than 300 of Scotland’s future leaders gathered at the Strathclyde Technology and Innovation Centre for Leading for the Future, the 2050 Climate Group’s second Youth Climate Summit on November 26th, 2016.

This event brought together young people from across Scotland to learn about how they can design the future that they want.

The lineup included MSP Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Rob Callendar, an actor most well-known for his recent role as Clarenzo in Game of Thrones, and a number of young people sharing their inspirational stories about how they are already leading the low carbon transition.

This event flipped the “climate conference” concept on its head, and instead of focusing on climate change, it focussed on the future of Scotland and how the future of various sectors and regions across Scotland will be affected by climate change, by asking to industry leaders questions like: How do we lead for the future? How can technological innovation support a low carbon transition? How to implement climate action in business, politics and finance? What new challenges will climate change bring to our health and wellbeing? How can the arts create a step change towards a low carbon Scotland?

Mr. Wheelhouse said about the event: “I was delighted to speak at the 2050 Climate Group’s second Youth Summit. What Scotland will look like in 2050 will be shaped by the collective actions of young leaders across the country and it is very encouraging to see so much enthusiasm for a cleaner, greener, fairer Scotland and I believe the contribution of Scotland’s young people to our climate change action has been inspiring to date. Later, of course, we need Scotland’s young people to drive the change we need in the period to 2050 by which time my generation will have passed on the baton to them. With that in mind, it’s very exciting to hear that applications for the second year of the Young Leaders Development Program will be opening in January. I’m very much looking forward to seeing how the programme develops and to working with our young leaders to lead Scotland towards a future we can all be proud of – and no task can be as important as protecting our planet for future generations.”

The event was organised by a working group of young people that joined both 2050 Climate Group Board members and participants of the organisations Young Leaders Development Programme.

The Young Leaders Development Programme is a pioneering training programme that couples leadership and skills development with climate change education to educate, engage and empower the next generation of leaders to lead the low carbon transition. In the pilot year of the programme, which came to an end in November 2016, 150 young people participated in this year-long programme.

The Summit was made possible with support from the Scottish Government, Scottish Power Foundation, 2020 Climate Group, SEPA, ECCi, Scotrail and Lush.

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:

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