SUSTAINABILITY

2050 Climate Group is a youth volunteer-led charity, our ambition is to start a social movement of passionate, active young people who are equipped with climate change knowledge and leadership skills so that our generation can lead the way to a sustainable, low carbon society.

Our work encompasses a variety of different activities which take place across Scotland, all of which seek to engage, educate and empower young people (18 – 35 years) to lead action on climate change. We deliver our flagship Young Leaders Development Programme to 130 young people each year. We also work locally, nationally and internationally with Young Leaders, alumni and partners on a variety of different events and initiatives.

Our sustainability responsibility

We understand our collective responsibility, as a charity and as a part of society, to increase the positive social, economic and environmental impact we can have through our work. We aspire to be a model of how a sustainable organisation should and can operate, leading by example.

Through the ways in which we operate, we aim to realise and exceed the ambition of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 (and the new proposed Climate Change Bill), the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Plan, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

How we work sustainably

Since the inception of 2050 Climate Group in 2014, and its formalisation as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation in 2017, we have strived to operate in the most sustainable way that is logistically and financially possible. All members of 2050 Climate Group (board, volunteers and staff) are responsible for upkeeping and improving the sustainability of our operations.

This is a (non-exhaustive) list of some of the ways through which we embed sustainability practice across all that we do:

Through our internal operations

  • – Responsible suppliers
  • – Digital tools for internal communications
  • – Sustainable travel and subsistence

Through the design of our events

  • – Venues accessible by public transport with existing sustainability commitments
  • – Sustainable speaker travel
  • – Vegetarian and vegan catering
  • – No single-use plastic
  • – Re-useable name badges
  • – Digital programmes

Through the content of our work

  • – Supporting actions tackling climate change
  • – Reaching new audiences
  • – Equality, diversity and inclusion

Continuous Improvement

We constantly seek to improve the our work and our approach to sustainability. We are committed to working with our stakeholders – board, staff, volunteers, participants, alumni, suppliers, funders and young people in Scotland – to ensure we communicate the sustainability impact of our activities, and to explore how they can help us in achieving our aims.

We invite and support the suggestion of new ideas, methods and models to increase the social, economic and environmental sustainability of our work. Suggestions can be sent to contact@2050.scot.