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We’re recruiting a new staff member!

June 11th, 2019 Posted by Jobs, News No Comment yet

2050 Climate Group are recruiting for an Operations and Engagement Officer to join our team at our Edinburgh Office.

The full details of this exciting opportunity can be viewed here. The interview will take place in Edinburgh between 10-11th July. Applications must be received by 2nd July (midnight).

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Join us! We’re recruiting new Operational Volunteers

June 9th, 2019 Posted by News, Volunteering No Comment yet

We are recruiting new volunteers to join Operational Subgroups to help deliver our plans and projects over the coming months and years.  The Operational Volunteers will be key to delivering the main objectives of 2050 Climate Group.

Please note: This is not an application to join our  Young Leaders Development Programme (YLDP) 2019/20 as a Young Leader; the recruitment process for this is separate and will begin later this summer. Check back for further announcements in the coming weeks.

The Role

An Operational Volunteer is a voluntary position that will give you the opportunity to participate in, shape and promote the future delivery of the 2050 Climate Group. The group aims to raise the profile of climate change and low carbon opportunities to young people (our target age group is 18 – 35 years) and inspire them to take individual action.

We have three sub-groups that we are looking to fill with new Operational Volunteers. Below is a description of each of them, as well as a person specification for the volunteers they are seeking to recruit.

Our Subgroups

Click here for the YLDP Volunteer Person Specification

The Young Leaders Development Programme (YLDP) is 2050 Climate Group’s flagship initiative.  Described as a “world first” by Nicola Sturgeon, the YLDP forms the basis of what we as a charity aim to do – empower, engage and educate young people to take action against climate change and to lead the transition towards a sustainable future.  The YLDP consists of a range of events, including workshops, presentations, debates and discussions, and aims to enhance climate change knowledge and leadership skills for a cohort of around 130 Young Leaders over the course of a year.

We are now entering the fourth iteration of the YLDP and are looking for committed and creative individuals to help us design, write and deliver the programme.  We have seen increasing climate action momentum recently, including the Youth Strikes for Climate, government declarations of Climate Emergencies, and stories detailing how climate change impacts are being felt locally and globally.  It is up to us to ensure the YLDP remains current and provides the necessary knowledge and skills for our Young Leaders to take meaningful action. We are excited to welcome new volunteers into the team to contribute to achieving this goal.

The energy that comes from delivering the YLDP is incredible and will continue to encourage you to be part of the movement too!

David Smith & Kate Chambers, YLDP Co-Chairs

Click here for the Leaders Network Volunteer Person Specification

Everyone who graduates from the Young Leaders Development Programme, and others that join our network through other means, is welcomed into our Leaders Network. This is where we believe it gets really exciting! Each year as we get closer to 2050, this group of motivated and passionate young leaders will continue to grow and the potential change that they can influence and lead, now and in the future, really inspires us.

The Leaders Network have the freedom to design the events their members want to attend and be part of, providing the network with the most inspiring and exciting sessions.

We look forward to welcoming new members to the team to help us provide unique opportunities to our network, supporting them to develop their skills and knowledge through events and small amounts of funding.

Ben Lang & Naomi Arnold, Leaders Network Co-Chairs

Click here for the Policy Volunteer Person Specification

Passionate or knowledgeable (either or both is fine!) about the politics of climate change, and how political decisions are made? The 2050 Climate Group Policy Subgroup needs you! The subgroup exists to engage young people in the policy-making sphere in Scotland. We respond to consultations so young people’s views are represented, run workshops and events to help the 2050 community understand what the current issues are, and support Young Leaders in taking action on the policy issues they want to address on all levels of governance. We support 2050 Climate Group’s educational activity while also helping build our presence in the Scottish policy space.

Our recent achievements include responding to the consultations on the Good Food Nation, the Transport Bill, and many more! Very excitingly, we were also invited to provide evidence in Parliament to the Environment and Land Reform Committee when they were scrutinising the current Climate Change Bill. We will be delighted to welcome new faces to our team, and with your help we will give young people’s voices even more impact in political decisions on climate change.

Alex Luetchford & Ula Kasperek  – Policy Co-Chairs

What is volunteering with 2050 Climate Group like?

  • No specific experience or qualifications are required, but enthusiasm about the cause and a willingness to get stuck in is essential!
  • A committed volunteer who is willing to meet on fortnightly to monthly basis, often remotely, with independent work in between meetings.
  • A time commitment of 8 – 16 hours a month
  • Most of your work will be within a specific subgroup, but there are also opportunities to work collaboratively with others across the charity on wider initiatives, as well as representing 2050 Climate Group externally.
  • You will work as part of  a team, but are expected to be able to work independently on specific tasks.
  • Please note: We usually only recruit volunteers who are based in Scotland.
  • Joining a committed, inspiring group of volunteers working together to create a low carbon Scotland. (We also have a lot of fun hanging out – be it in the pub or up a hill… whatever floats your boat!)
  • Networking and training opportunities
  • Gaining experience in the following areas:
    • Communication
    • Leadership
    • Collaborative project coordination
    • Events management
    • Workshop & training facilitation
  • A sense of achievement through working towards a valuable cause
  • Expenses relating to your involvement are covered in most cases

How to Apply

We will be accepting applications until midnight on Saturday 22nd of June 2019. We will not be able to accept any late applications. In order to be considered for a position, please complete this online form. The form asks you:

  • To rank the subgroups you would like to apply for in order of preference
  • To answer 5 questions:
    • Why are you interested in volunteering with 2050 Climate Group? (Max 250 words)
    • What attracts you to your first-preference subgroup? (Max 250 words)
    • How do you meet the person specification of an Operational Volunteer? (Max 400 words)
    • What do you feel you would gain from being an Operational Volunteer? (Max 250 words)
    • What are your existing time commitments/constraints, and how would you balance these with this voluntary opportunity? (Max 150 words)
  • To complete some anonymous equal opportunities monitoring questions (this will not influence the outcome of your application).

Your application will be reviewed by our team of volunteers, and we will get back to you as soon as possible after the closing date. Shortlisted candidates will invited to an informal interview. (These will take place in Edinburgh or Glasgow, or further afield by arrangement if our volunteer capacity allows it. Our preference is for interviews to be conducted face to face, but where this isn’t an option then we will arrange video-conferencing).

Click here to apply!


Annual Away Weekend – 20th-21st July 2019

Successful applicants will be invited to our annual away weekend in Callander, Perthshire (all costs, including travel and accommodation, will be covered). During the application process you will be asked whether you can attend. Whether or not you can come will NOT affect how your application is marked, but is just to help us with logistics planning. If you are successful and can make it, it will be lovely to get to know you properly! We will also hold a short induction evening for those who are successful and can’t make the away day.

Equalities Statement

2050 Climate group is committed to equality of opportunity for all, within our focus age bracket (approximately 18-35). We welcome applications from individuals regardless of their gender identity, marital/civil partnership status, race, sexual orientation, disability including mental health, religion or belief or any other dimension of diversity.
We also welcome applications from those outwith the central belt in Scotland; we encourage remote attendance at meetings and travel expenses within Scotland are reimbursed whenever possible.
We strive to support inclusive work environments into the everyday culture and activity of the organisation. We are actively looking for people who share our values.

Data Protection Statement

2050 Climate Group will only process the information you provide for the purposes of assessing your application and managing the recruitment process. It will not be shared with any third parties. Your information will be stored securely on our GoogleDrive. Unsuccessful applications will be retained for six months; successful applicant details will be stored indefinitely, for the purposes of managing the charity. For more information on how we manage personal data, please see our Privacy and Data Protection Policy.

Christiana Figueres and Catriona Patterson

Selfies with Christiana Figueres: Climate Change, Leadership and Young People

April 12th, 2019 Posted by Blogs No Comment yet

Catriona Patterson, Chair of the Board of 2050 Climate Group, shares her reflections on the role of youth leadership on climate change, after a week which saw Edinburgh host both the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Christiana Figueres.

I’m generally not one for selfies. So it was a surprise to me for many reasons when I found myself taking a selfie with Christiana Figueres last Friday afternoon.

Christiana Figueres is arguably the climate heroine of our present. Lauded as the individual who made the 2015 UN COP Paris Agreement possible, she is a tour-de-force of climate commitment, optimism and encouragement. As the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), she presided over the first international binding commitment on greenhouse gas emissions made by world nations…ever.

Visiting Scotland to collect the Edinburgh Medal (awarded each year by the City of Edinburgh to a person of science and technology who is judged to have made a ‘significant contribution to the understanding and well-being of humanity’) at the Edinburgh Science Festival, Figueres often talks of challenging what we consider to be ‘feasible’ (a point particularly pertinent as Scotland discusses the level of ambition of our new Climate Change Bill), and seeing climate action as the biggest opportunity we have ever had. It is not hyperbole to cite her as inspirational: she needed to be in order to force international agreement.

2050 Climate Group was invited to participate in a roundtable of public, private and third sector leaders with Figueres during her visit to Edinburgh. Knowingly and obviously one of the youngest in the room, I was thrilled when she related her opening provocation – around rightful civic outrage, and radical optimism in the face of climate change – to the recent climate school strikes, and commended the actions of young people concerned about their future.

Days before, I had represented 2050 Climate Group as part of the ClimateXChange event ‘Climate Change Action in Small States’, taking place in the week that Edinburgh hosted a meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Sitting on a panel between hugely knowledgeable climate change scientists and policy makers, I was aware I stood out. I am not responsible for regional emissions figures or target reports, and the IPCC has been around longer than I have been alive. But in talking about the unique approach of our charity, and how it connects with the knowledge and political processes which structures climate change action, I am consistently excited and proud of what we achieve, and inspired to do more.

Young people are often-quoted as the motivators for decision making on climate change, yet rarely are they given the genuine opportunity to shape that future. At 2050 Climate Group we are committed to ensuring our generation are prepared with the knowledge of climate change and its impacts that they need for their personal, professional and civic lives, but also have the skills to influence those around them, the network to support them, and crucially, the opportunities to empower them with the agency to effect change.

Being invited to participate in these two events – speaking alongside climate heroes from research and policy – is for me an example of how young people are beginning to be recognised for the role they play, and should play, in climate change leadership. The school strikes inspired by the climate activism of teenager Greta Thunberg have recently demonstrated the depth of feeling of young people at the very ‘young’ end of the youth spectrum, but at 2050 Climate Group we have a generation of young adults already participating in our society and economy, and arguably one step closer to challenging the causes of climate change and dealing with its impacts.

It can be easy to dismiss young people, and the methods and tools we use to effect change. Selfies may be chastised for a variety of reasons, but for me, this image is not (just) narcissism, it’s evidence: a demonstration and a reminder that youth leadership is recognised, valued, and necessary.

2050 Climate Group is looking for new partners from all aspects of Scotland’s public, private and third sectors, and is interested to hear from those looking to engage, educate and empower future leaders within their organisations and across wider society to take action on climate change. If you are interested in discussing opportunities to work with us, please get in touch with