COP26 Youth Climate Programme launched to boost engagement with historic summit

YouthLink Scotland is delighted to be partnering with Young Scot and Keep Scotland Beautiful to deliver a programme of events for the Scottish Government’s COP26 Youth Climate Programme.

The programme will lead up to and beyond this year’s COP26 summit in Glasgow this November to ensure young people have the knowledge, skills and confidence to be able to fully engage with this historic climate meeting on their doorstep, and is launched today by Minister for Environment, Biodiversity and Land Reform Mairi McAllan.

The Scottish Government is funding the programme which will be co-designed by young people from across Scotland, with activities to include networking and training events, a Youth Work Champions Group and a COP26 Local Champions Programme with an expectation that this will culminate in a COP26 Youth Summit ahead of the international summit in November.

YouthLink Scotland’s role will be to ensure the youth work sector has an important role to play in young people’s engagement by building support, networking and training opportunities into the programme – building on the Climate Emergency Training programme we have offered so far in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful. We are also advocating for additional resource for the sector to support COP26 engagement at a local level.

To support the delivery of the COP26 Climate Youth Programme, YouthLink Scotland will be creating two new development officer posts: a COP26 Project Coordinator and a COP26 Training Officer. Anyone interested in either of these posts should apply by 9am on 19 July and we would appreciate it if you could share these opportunities with your networks.

Young people with an interest in climate change can apply to be part of the programme by visiting the Young Scot website.

Minister for Environment, Biodiversity and Land Reform Mairi McAllan met the North Lanarkshire Youth Climate Ambassadors at Strathclyde Park to discuss the climate issues that are important to them. Ms McAllan said:

“Young people in Scotland are driving the cause of climate action. This programme will give them a platform to make sure their voices are not just heard, but acted upon.

“Scotland has world leading targets to be net zero by 2045 and we are already more than half way there. With COP26 in Glasgow this year, all of us have a unique opportunity to advance the society and economy-wide transformation demanded by the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss.

“We’re taking action and putting people at the heart of all we do. Young people have been demanding change for a better future and this programme will empower them to go even further. I look forward to hearing their ideas and engaging with them as we work together to end our contribution to climate change.”

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