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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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2050 Climate Group at UN COP22!

October 20th, 2016 Posted by News No Comment yet

Scotland’s Young Leaders to be Featured at UN Climate Conference in Marrakech

A group of young leaders from Scotland have been invited by the United Nations to contribute to the United Nations Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP) taking place in Marrakech in November. Representatives from Scotland’s 2050 Climate Group will run a session on ‘Leading for the Future: Mainstreaming Climate Action’ at the UN conference.

The 2050 Climate Group is the only Scottish organisation that has been invited to speak at the conference.  This invitation comes at the end of a successful pilot year of the Young Leaders Development Programme.  Two young leaders on this programme will be speaking in Marrakech about what they have gained from this experience: Kerry-Anne McKay who works as a Change Manager for Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks and Lynette Purves, a lawyer with Burness Paull in Edinburgh.

Elizabeth Dirth, Chair of the 2050 Climate Group, said: “We are delighted to be invited by the UN to contribute to this conference, for the second year in a row!  The best part about this opportunity is that this year two of the young leaders who have participated in our pioneering Young Leaders Development Programme will be given a platform to speak about their experience and development because of this programme.

The Young Leaders Development Programme is a “world-first” for young people which couples leadership training and climate change education to educate, engage and empower the next generation of leaders to lead the low carbon transition.

This is an incredible opportunity not only for 2050, but also to highlight the ambition, vision, and ability of young people in Scotland.” 

The conference in November is a crucial next step beyond the historic Paris Agreement as we all must urgently turn political commitment into action.

Elizabeth added: “Scotland continues to provide an example of climate change leadership at this crucial time, and our programme, and the cross-sector, cross-region, cross-generation support for it is just one example of this leadership.”

The young leaders development programme involves 150 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 and ECCI has been instrumental in the founding of the group and the implementation of the pilot year of the Young Leaders Development Programme.

 The 2050 Climate Group will hold their own summit, Leading for the Future, on the 26th of November in Glasgow at the Strathclyde Technology and Innovation Centre, which will focus on what climate change and the low carbon transition means for young people and young professionals in every sector and every region as they progress in their careers.

 More information about this Climate Summit in Scotland can be found at:

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Pictured in the image from left to right: Kerry-Anne McKay, Mike Elm (Vice Chair of the 2050 Climate Group), Lynette Purves, Elizabeth Dirth (Chair of the 2050 Climate Group), Chris Palmer (Chair of the 2050 Climate Group) featured together at an event on October.