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Climate Change will most deeply impact future generations

In June 2014, Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group, in partnership with Young Scot, developed a new organisation aimed at inspiring, empowering, mobilising and uniting young people to take positive action towards a low carbon future. More than two years later this initiative is going strong – as Scotland’s 2050 Climate Group.

The 2050 Climate Group brings together a diverse range of youth voices, bridging cultural divides and bringing fresh perspectives to the climate agenda. The group brings together representative young leaders from business, third sector and community backgrounds within Scotland to examine in detail the actions needed in order to meet Scotland’s climate change targets. The 2050 Climate Group worked alongside and initially shadowed the main 2020 Climate Group. Exploring key issues and extending the vision and work of the 2020 Climate Group by developing its own core work programme linked to the priorities for Scotland and its low carbon targets.

A launchpad for young leaders

The 2050 Climate Group has grown significantly in size over the first two years. In October 2015, it launched the Young Leaders Development Programme (YLDP) aimed at developing climate awareness and the leadership skills in 150 leaders of the next generation in the Scottish public, private and third sectors. The aim of the YLDP is to engage, educate and empower young leaders via two development streams – leadership skills and climate change and the transition to a low carbon society.

The future aim of the 2050 Climate Group is to expand the development programme over the next 5 years to inspire over 500 future leaders and develop an exportable model that can be implemented around the globe. The 2050 Climate Group Delivery Framework aims to engage, educate empower and lead the transition to a low carbon economy. As of March 2016, the 2050 Climate Group appointed a new chair and two new Vice Chairs.

The 2020 Group continues to work with and support the 205o Group and works in partnership with their board. We regularly feature blogs from 2050 Young Leaders (read Elizabeth Dirth’s recent post from COP22 here and Mike Elm’s post here), as well as supporting their events and activities through sponsorship and our board.