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Reflections from Richard Dryburgh as he steps down as Chair of 2050 Climate Group

October 23rd, 2018 Posted by Blogs No Comment yet

Richard joined 2050 Climate Group’s team in August 2015 before the first Young Leaders Development Programme was launched, and became Chair in April 2017. He managed this role alongside working full time at Changeworks Recycling, and is now moving on to a job with the Scottish Government. Richard has seen and supported 2050 Climate Group through huge developments and will be greatly missed by the whole team.

After over three amazing years as part of 2050 Climate Group, with the latter half of that time spent as Chair of our Board, I am now stepping down from the organisation for a new adventure.  It has been a very hard decision to leave such an inspiring organisation, especially at such a pivotal time, but I’ve no doubt that the charity will continue to thrive under the leadership of our new Chair, Catriona Patterson.

Over my time here I’ve had the opportunity to do some amazing things: I’ve been to COP21 in Paris, I’ve helped launched our Young Leaders Development Programme, I’ve spoken to royalty, climate change royalty and many influential people, I’ve helped transition our organisation to formal charity status and all whilst seeing our charity grow and grow.

As my time has come to an end, I thought I’d scribble down some reflections on some of the many things I’ve learnt along the way. And as the stereotypical millennial that I am, I thought I’d use the medium of GIF – Queer Eye GIFs no less – to express these learnings.

1- Youth Empowerment is everything. 

As JVN says best, this one might seem basic but when I first joined the charity, the concept of young people having an equal seat at the table on climate change policy and discussions felt distant and intimidating. I guess those views stemmed from an ingrained status quo where experienced, senior ‘experts’ dominate the top table. But what I’ve seen over my time with 2050 Climate Group is that young people have a lot to say, not just on climate change but on all issues and absolutely should be listened to especially when the topic has a huge impact on their future (which it so often does!).

Recently, I’ve become a passionate supporter of young people becoming charity trustees as I’ve seen firsthand what a big difference it can make both to the individual and the organisation. As a young professional, I now believe becoming a charity trustee is one of the single biggest personal development opportunities out there.

But going back to climate change, it is imperative that young people gain a role of growing importance when we are looking at global, national and local solutions as it us who are going to have to pay for inaction or misaction. So I’m afraid senior people, it is act now or step aside.

2- Positive solutions will help us beat climate change

I get it, climate change can be pretty scary and negative. The sheer scale of the challenge can often get you down. And I get it that on a global scale, governments and business are not yet doing enough. But there are some amazing things happening all over the world that we should celebrate. These successes give hope that we can create a new normal in every sector of society, successes which can create multiple benefits beyond just the environmental. Because the solutions are laid out in front of us, we just need to normalise them. 2050 Climate Group is a great, positive example of climate action which I hope we will see replicated again and again. By being part of this positive network of climate action, I have a new, optimistic perspective and it is clear to me that hope overcomes fear on climate action.

3- Making volunteering social makes you want to do it

Over the last 3 years or so, I’ve spent a large portion of my non-work time volunteering for 2050 Climate Group. Many people including my friends, parents and partner have often asked me if I was spending too much time volunteering. My answer was always “No”, because from day one, my ‘2050 work’ has never really felt like work because of a) how passionate I felt about our work, but also b) I enjoyed doing the work and working with my fellow volunteers, who soon became close friends. So my advice to anyone looking to volunteer on anything is, find a group of people that you enjoy spending time with – it makes the world of difference.

4- Surround yourself with inspiring people and good things will happen

This is where I get a bit emosh. The people I’ve been lucky enough to work with at 2050 Climate Group have inspired me everyday to be better. We all have a shared purpose to try and do something about climate change but everyone comes at it from a slightly different place. I knew from day one that it was a special group of people but as our numbers and network have grown to over 400 young leaders I’ve seen firsthand the power of a strong network. It is these networks and wider collaborations that are going to make a difference in terms of climate change because we aren’t going to be able to conquer it alone, as much as we would like to. So find yourself an inspiring group of friends and contacts –  I can assure you if you surround yourself with good people, it will only help you and encourage you to raise your own game.

So they are my small nuggets of wisdom from my time at 2050 Climate Group. I just want to end by thanking all of the volunteers, staff and partners of our charity whom we wouldn’t be able to exist without. The more I’ve worked at 2050 Climate Group the more I’ve seen how important this work is in tackling climate change. An engaged, educated and empowered generation of young leaders is a formidable prospect and I look forward to seeing this generation grow and develop over the coming years.


2050 Climate Group Announces New Chair

January 8th, 2016 Posted by News No Comment yet

The 2050 Climate Group announced this week the appointment of a new Chair and two new Vice-Chairs.  Elizabeth Dirth, former Vice Chair, has been appointed to the position, with Mike Elm and Chris Palmer newly appointed as Vice Chairs.

Commenting on the future of the 2050 Climate Group, Elizabeth Dirth said: “The task before us remains as urgent and crucial as ever and the group will continue to tackle it with the same enthusiasm and commitment in the next year.  I look forward to what’s in store next for 2050 as our movement and momentum grows – 2016 will be an exciting year for us!

Founding Chair of the group Chris McGinnis, who oversaw the group’s successful launch and development to its current position said: “During the last 19 months we’ve firmly established ourselves within Scotland, shared our story and vision at an international level at COP21 in Paris and have launched our Young Leaders Development Programme to support Scotland’s next generation of leaders to be leaders of action on climate change. The success is a testament to the hard work of the entire group and is the perfect example of the impact that a small group of engaged individuals can have when they are empowered to work together. I’m very much looking forward to supporting the group in its next stage – in particular following the YLDP through the first year and beyond.”

Chris will continue to contribute his skills and enthusiasm as a Member of the 2050 Team.

In recognition of the important role that Chris has played in 2050’s development Elizabeth Dirth said: “The 2050 Climate Group would not be where it is today without Chris’s leadership and commitment over the past year and a half. Chris oversaw the first chapter of 2050’s work and has led the organisation in an exciting direction and I look forward to his continued contribution to the group.”

The group has opted to appoint two Vice Chairs to give added capacity at this crucial time as it continues to develop and increase its impact.

The 2050 Climate Group, is a collection of young professionals across Scotland who all share a commitment to tackling climate change and accelerating Scotland’s transition to a low carbon economy.

The 2050 Climate Group are currently in the middle of piloting their 2050 Young Leaders Development Programme.  This programme is the first step towards achieving their mission of educating, engaging and empowering young people to lead the transition to a low carbon Scotland.  The programme, which has been commended by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, involves over 120 young people, and is supported by key partners Scottish Water, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, ScottishPower Foundation and the Scottish Government.

Young Scot acts as a host for the 2050 Climate Group, and along with the 2020 Climate Group has been instrumental in the founding of the group.