Meet the finalists: Environment & Conservation

With climate change at the forefront of every young person's future, our two finalists have had an amazing impact in supporting young people to tackle the climate emergency and empower them to take positive action. Young people are agents of change and the amazing work that youth workers do every day to support them is what allows young people to make a difference to the world.

Youth Led Solutions Team (YMCA Scotland) 

COP26 demonstrated that young people will be key to tackling the climate crisis, and YMCA Scotland’s Youth-Led Solutions Team is leading the charge, putting young people at the centre of climate action initiatives across Scotland. 

The Youth-Led Solutions initiative was set up to bring resources, knowledge, networks and funding together under a co-design model, keeping young people engaged with key issues to emerge from COP26. 

Working in partnership with The Grassmarket Project to draw on its textile expertise, the Youth-Led Solutions Team’s focus on fast fashion has proved an innovative way to get young people thinking about the carbon impact of the clothing industry.  

Upcycling workshops culminated in local YMCA ‘Trashion Show’ films, exhibiting the best solutions to some of the worst climate issues, with keyrings produced and distributed to all green zone delegates at COP26, with a QR code to promote the YMCA Scotland’s Climate Action film premiere! 

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North Lanarkshire Youth Climate Ambassadors (North Lanarkshire Council) 

Formed in February 2021 to take direct action on the local climate change issues, the North Lanarkshire Youth Climate Ambassador Group already boasts an impressive array of achievements. 

Meeting online or outdoors each week to plan community-based environmental action, members carry out litter picks, promote nature conservation, run youth-led workshops and explore environmental issues through creative projects. 

The group had success when their film 'Dear World Leaders' was highly commended in Keep Scotland Beautiful and Screen Scotland’s Youth Climate Film Project, quickly gathering well over 1,000 views. Members of the group quizzed council leaders for the film, before taking their message to global leaders set to take part in COP26. 

Members also met Minister for Environment Mairi McAllan MSP during the launch of the COP26 Scottish Youth Climate Project, putting the voices of young people in Scotland at the heart of the climate conversation. 

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