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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.


[Closed] We are recruiting for three new young professionals to join our Board of Trustees

October 12th, 2018 Posted by Jobs, News No Comment yet

The 2050 Climate group are recruiting for three young professionals to join our Board of Trustees. One of these is a General Leadership role, while the  other two are specifically for a Legal and Fundraising remit.

The 2050 Climate Group established as a charity in February 2017. Our charitable purpose is the advancement of education on climate change issues and leadership skills with the aspiration of engaging, educating and empowering the next generation of leaders to take action on climate change, thereby advancing environmental protection and improvement.

The Board of Trustees and each individual Trustee is responsible for governing the organisation. It is a voluntary position that will give you the opportunity to oversee, influence and shape the future of the 2050 Climate Group.

It is a core value that our organisation is for young people, run by young people, and our Board of Trustees brings together a diverse range of individuals and skill sets and seeks to lead by example with regards to promoting young people and pursuing equality and inclusion.

The application deadline for these roles is 5pm on 26th October. 

Interviews will take place on the 15th November. Notification of interview will be sent out by 9th November (latest).

Full information about the three roles can be found through the following links:

Legal Trustee – click here

Fundraising Trustee – click here

General Leadership Trustee – click here

In order to be considered for any of these positions, please complete the application form and send us a CV of no more than 3 pages to, with your name in the subject line of the email and title of the document.

For questions regarding these positions or application process please contact