Our Climate Emergency - Day One Workshops

This year's National Youth Work Conference is your opportunity to learn key skills and develop climate literacy as we build towards this year's historic COP26 summit in Glasgow. Don't miss out on some brilliant opportunities to enhance your youth work offer from climate activists and environmental experts!

Register for this year's National Youth Work Conference to be given your choice of workshops to attend.

Workshops for Day One of the conference include:

Environmental Rights Centre Scotland

Connecting the dots: Tackling social, environmental and climate justice issues here and now
The Environmental Rights Centre for Scotland supports individuals and communities to use their rights to protect the environment, tackle climate change and make greenspaces healthier, greener and wilder. Join us to explore how the work you do to address social justice links to environmental and climate justice concerns in Scotland, and how we should be using our 
environmental and human rights to bring about change. 

LfS Scotland

Taking an Learning for Sustainability approach in your youth work setting – why and how
In this short interactive workshop led by Learning for Sustainability Scotland we will explore the needs for Learning for Sustainability by hearing about how and why it is important to young people, their wider community and youth workers in the field. 

We will hear a variety of different perspectives on what a Learning for Sustainability approach within youth work can, could and should look like through engaging case studies as well as sharing best practice via group discussion. 

Our Bright Future

Youth work as a supporter and deliverer of young people getting into and sustaining environmental jobs
Our Bright Future programme led by Wildlife Trusts, has a vision for young people to enjoy a healthy planet, a thriving greener economy and a brighter future. The programme equips young people with the skills, experience and confidence to lead environmental change. This change must be delivered by our local communities. We believe that by combining the strength, connectedness and versatility of the youth work and environment sectors sector and taking a youth led approach will lead to stronger outcomes for young people and the environment. Join us as we outline the project in Scotland and forge a path for youth work as a key industry to create and sustain green jobs now and into the future. 


Climate Justice Education in Scotland
This workshop focuses on climate justice education in Scotland, and the pressing need to address social justice issues. Education is recognised as a key tool in the fight against climate change and this session will provide an opportunity to discuss some of the key questions that need to be addressed. It will focus on the importance of centering anti-racist education in a climate justice curriculum. How do we decolonize climate education, and explore contentious topics such as the climate crisis’ links with capitalism, within the educational setting?


Beyond the ticking box: Understanding the purpose of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals
If we dismiss key global issues and the wider campaign of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as irrelevant for the young people we work with, have you considered what the alternative future looks like for us all?
There are no quick fixes and there is no master plan for the future. This, despite all urgency, invites us to take a step back – individually and collectively – and ask new and troubling questions. This session does not require participants to have any in-depth knowledge or experience of the SDGs.  Instead, it is an opportunity to critically think about our practice and so we will focus on a key question:  How can we become aware of our hidden norms and how we are complicit in harm? 

Venture Trust

Better Out Than In… Taking Therapy Outdoors  
This workshop will give an insight into the work that we are currently doing in the Venture Trust Outdoor Therapy Service. We will share why and how the service has been developed in the way that it has, which is informed by research, best-practice and our professional experience of working on wilderness-based therapeutic programmes. This will be illustrated through several composite case examples of outdoor therapy work.
We will also facilitate a short experiential reflective exercise to help us explore the impact of our environments on us, to think collectively about how we might work with the environment in mind. 

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