Last month we launched the Young Leaders Development Programme at the ECCI in Edinburgh. The YLDP will see 120 young leaders follow a series of modules in two core strands: climate change, including ‘Our Energy’, ‘Our Stuff’ and ‘Our Food and Drink’ and leadership, ‘Self Awareness and Values’, ‘Understanding and Influencing Others’ and ‘Leading for the Future’. The events will equip the young leaders with the knowledge to help Scotland transition to a low carbon economy. Follow-up challenges ensure they develop their new skills and encourage others to also take action.
We were honoured to have Dr Aileen McLeod, Scottish Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, speak on the importance of young leaders, and of tackling climate change. Dr McLeod also said that she was delighted that the Scottish Government is supporting our ambitious leadership programme.
The launch night included an introduction to the 2050 Climate Group and to the YLDP from 2050 Chair, Chris McGinnis, to help the young leaders understand how the programme had developed and why we felt it was so important to take them on this journey. Chris said
“2050 have been recognised as the reference point for young people taking action on climate” – which is a great inspiration to everyone involved in the programme.
The young leaders heard from Terry A’Hearn, Chief Executive of SEPA, and Douglas Millican, Chief Executive of Scottish Water, on their experience of leadership. 2050 Vice Chair, Elizabeth Dirth gave some context about climate change and why action is necessary (with a little help from John Oliver).
The night ended with a cocktail drinks reception, sponsored by Snow Leopard. Led by Sarah Dowling, the 2050 team created two tasty vodka cocktails, which went down a treat. This was a great opportunity for the young leaders to network, interact with the evening’s presenters and discuss their hopes for the year ahead.
The Young Leaders Development Programme is the first step towards achieving the 2050 Climate Group’s mission of educating, engaging and empowering young people to lead the transition to a low carbon Scotland. The programme is supported by key partners Scottish Water, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, Scottish Power and the Scottish Government. For more information on the programme, visit the dedicated section of our website.