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Blog Twenty-One: Climate change isn’t the future, it’s right now

May 18th, 2017 Posted by Blogs No Comment yet

The European Climate Change Adaptation conference comes to Glasgow:

 

“Climate change? We don’t need to worry about that yet. There are more urgent things we need to sort first.” Many of us will have heard this kind of response when raising the issue of climate change. I know I have. And the framing of our climate problem as a long term challenge is often shared by advocates of climate action and those aiming to defend the status quo alike – with the former appealing to our responsibility to future generations and the latter arguing we shouldn’t take action because the future is too uncertain. But the truth is, as many of us know, climate change has already started and its impacts are already ruining people’s lives around the world.

Huge rivers are disappearing in Northern Canada as glaciers recede, roads are melting in India, and even if we stopped all global greenhouse gas emissions tomorrow, those we’ve already released into our atmosphere would continue to drive climate change for many years to come. So, as we continue with efforts to reduce the worst effects of climate change, the question arises: what do we do about the impacts we have already set in motion?

This is the question over 1000 of the world’s top climate experts will be looking to answer as they arrive in Glasgow in June for the European Climate Change Adaptation Conference. The conference title may say ‘European’ but the focus is global, with presenters from forty-eight countries and five continents tackling problems from sinking cities to dangerous heat waves to disruption to the food systems we all rely on. The 2050 Climate Group will be involved too, with 2050 rapporteurs and our former chair, Elizabeth Dirth, joining the closing plenary with the European Commission’s Head of Climate Action, Andrea Tilche, and the New York City Mayor’s Office Special Advisor on Climate Policy and Programs, Lolita Jackson.

You can follow all the action across the five days of the conference (5-9 June) via the hashtag #ECCA2017 and students can still apply for volunteer passes to attend in person, helping Scotland continue to lead the way in effective climate action.

And I’ll be there too. In my role as Information Support Officer for the Adaptation Scotland programme, I’ll be joining colleagues in showcasing the progress Scotland is making to become a climate ready nation. Large-scale initiatives are already underway in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow to ensure Scotland’s population, infrastructure and economy is prepared for the turbulent times that may be ahead and there are lots of opportunities for 2050 young leaders to influence Scotland’s adaptation journey, either as part of your organisations or as active citizens in the places you live. I believe, coupled with the strongest efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, climate change adaptation can be a catalyst to help us build a positive vision of the future: one where we don’t just swap dirty technology for clean (although that’s a great start), but instead change the places we live and work, and our behaviour in them, to follow the grain of natural forces. You can see examples of these kinds of transformations in Adaptation Scotland’s Climate Ready Places website. If you’d like help finding out more about the likely climate impacts on Scotland, how they might affect you or your organisation, and what you can do about it, let me know!

 

Blog contributed by David Macpherson, YLDP 2015-16. Information Support Officer, Sniffer

Contact David: David@sniffer.org.uk

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The 2050 Climate Group launches the second year of their Young Leaders Development Programme

May 4th, 2017 Posted by News No Comment yet

The 2050 Climate Group is excited to announce the launch of the second Young Leaders Development Programme (YLDP). Following the success of last year’s YLDP, a new intake of 132 young professionals aged 18-35 will be given the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills and knowledge of climate change, equipping Scotland’s next generation of young leaders with the skill set needed to drive Scotland towards a low carbon future.

 

Richard Dryburgh, Chair of the 2050 Climate Group, said, “Last year’s inaugural Young Leaders Development Programme exceeded all of our expectations and has given us an impressive platform to build on. This year’s programme has been designed to have even bigger and better impact across our themes of engaging, educating and empowering leaders. With the support of our funders, partners and volunteers, I am very excited to begin ‘YLDP2’ so we can expand our growing network of young leaders in climate action across Scotland.”

 

The second Young Leaders Development Programme will follow a year-long programme consisting of six modules held across Scotland, as well as an Induction event and a Summit at the end of the year. The core modules cover two specific themes: improving climate change knowledge and enhancing leadership skills. Throughout the programme, participants are also encouraged to actively implement what they have learnt through a range of “actions”, which aim to provide the necessary steps to a more sustainable Scotland.  

 

Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham MSP at the induction of the Young Leaders Development Programme last Thursday, said, “It’s great to launch the second year of the Young Leaders Development Programme. I look forward to seeing this innovative programme go from strength to strength, helping us ensure that Scotland remains at the forefront of climate change action. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank all the members of the 2050 Climate Group for their valuable contributions to Scotland’s action on climate change through the engagement, education and empowerment of future young leaders.

The 2050 Climate Group has been shortlisted as ‘NGO of the Year’ by BusinessGreen’s Leaders Awards 2017

May 2nd, 2017 Posted by News No Comment yet

The 2050 Climate Group work with young people across Scotland, engaging, educating and empowering them to take action on climate change and lead Scotland’s transition to a low carbon future. Through their Young Leaders Development Programme (YLDP), the 2050 Climate Group provides climate change education and leadership training to young people, aged 18-35. It is through this programme that the group hopes to inspire young people to take action on climate change and be catalysts for change in Scotland. Last year, the group successfully ran their first year of the YLDP with 150 young leaders taking part.

The fact that the 2050 Climate Group has been shortlisted for the BusinessGreen ‘NGO of the Year’ award, part of the BusinessGreen Leader’s Awards 2017, recognises our valuable contribution to building young people’s confidence to be leaders on responding to the challenges of climate change. The Group itself is made up of students and young professionals based across Scotland volunteering their efforts to a truly energetic and purposeful movement. The 2050 Climate Group hosted Scotland’s Youth Climate Summits in 2014 and 2016, as well as represented Scotland at the UN Climate Change conferences in Paris and Marrakech the past two years.

Richard Dryburgh, Chair of the 2050 Climate Group, said “We are delighted to be shortlisted for such a prestigious award. This shows the huge impact we have made in such a short time and is a credit to our volunteers, young leaders and supportive partners. Having only incorporated earlier this year and to be nominated alongside such impressive, established organisations speaks volumes for the need for climate leadership across our generation.”

On the nomination, Ann McKechin, Trustee and Executive Officer of the ScottishPower Foundation, said: “Our charity Foundation is delighted to have financially supported the inspiring work of the 2050 Climate Group over the last two years. This nomination rightly recognises the leadership potential amongst young people in the fight against Climate Change and this innovative project will hopefully allow many more of them to reach their potential.”

Louise Macdonald, CEO of Young Scot, said: “For Scotland to become a low carbon nation, we need to look to our young leaders to inspire action on climate change. Programmes like The 2050 Climate Group’s Young Leaders Development Programme offers excellent opportunities for young people to make their voices heard. Young people are best placed to take the lead on climate action and I’d encourage all young people who want to see a greener future for all to apply.”

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