Our Climate Emergency - Day Two 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.

Morning workshops for Day Two:

ERYICA & Eurodesk

Greening your youth service: from strategy to practice
Eurodesk and ERYICA, two European networks of youth information services have developed a guide on how to Green Youth Information Services. This guide was developed in 2020 with the objective to support youth services in their ambitions to develop their own green strategies and give best practice examples from around Europe. In this session, we will provide you with an overview of the guide, share some concrete tips and examples of how to develop your strategy, and share good practices from around Europe. 

YouthLink Scotland & Glasgow Science Centre

STEM and Climate Change
Many young people are passionate about the current threats to our planet, so delving into the climate change topic can be an ideal route to developing STEM skills. Take part in this interactive workshop to discover more about Glasgow Science Centre’s Earth Allies climate activism course, and how it equips young people with climate change knowledge and digital skills to empower them to be advocates for climate action.

St Paul’s Youth Forum

Growing in the ground: How gardening can help develop our young people’s understanding of nature and themselves
St Pauls Youth Forum has been growing with people of all ages for years, and they’d love to share with you what they’ve learned. In this workshop they will give you a crash course in how to start a community garden and more importantly why you should. From the basics of what to plant, to how you can use the garden to make learning about nature fun and accessible, they’ve got you covered.

YouthLink Scotland, Penumbra and Duncan Wallace

Surviving ECO-emotions: What does this mean for young people?
This workshop will explore climate anxiety, overwhelm and activism burnout and work with participants to think of practical ways that they can support young people to develop positive mental health coping mechanisms.


Afternoon workshops for Day Two:

YouthLink Scotland

Young people, heritage and climate change
At this interactive workshop, you will have an opportunity to hear about how YouthLink Scotland with funding from National Lottery Heritage Fund have engaged young people in exploring natural heritage through youth-led research and storytelling. Hear all about the young people’s research and our top tips to help young people explore these issues and use their voices to take climate action in their communities.

Dumfries & Galloway Council Youth Work Service

Walk the Talk: Creating a Climate of Change
A fun and interactive workshop exploring different methods of engaging young people in climate change activities in their local communities. The session will be co-facilitated by young people who are part of Dumfries and Galloway Youth Council’s Climate Group.  Youth Councillors will deliver ‘The Big Climate Quiz’, providing the opportunity for delegates to consider their own practice and small changes that can have a huge impact on young people and our planet! Finally, the youth councillors will ask attendees to calculate the carbon footprint of their youth group and create pledges to work towards reducing their footprint.

Keep Scotland Beautiful & YouthLink Scotland

Our Carbon Footprint: The first step to becoming climate literate
This interactive workshop provides participants with an overview of the climate crisis and what it means to be carbon literate in our youth work practice. The workshop will explore the basics of climate literacy through jargon-busting activities and practical resources that youth workers can then adapt and use in their own youth work settings. This workshop will provide a taster into the fully approved carbon literacy course ‘Climate Emergency Training for Youth Workers’ that participants will have the option to register for afterwards.

Scottish Borders Council and Borders Forest Trust

Muddy Boots and Curious Minds: How outdoor learning helped a group of young people to grow and move on
This workshop will share the journey of a group of young people who experienced barriers to learning before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. The outdoors was a platform for them to develop skills, knowledge and understanding and supported their transition from school to college.  Using their own words, video clips and experiential learning we will explore:

  • Risk taking and peer leadership in the outdoors.
  • How to help young people become curious about nature on their doorstep.
  • The John Muir Award as a framework for engaging young people.
  • The challenges and benefits of partnership working in the outdoors.

Scottish Wildlife Trust

Inviting young people to the big conversations
This workshop will provide insight into how organisations and youth workers can engage young people with the big conservation issues (Climate Change), and an organisation’s key policies – using the work of the Young Leaders to demonstrate. This will cover: reaching out and increasing accessibility; overcoming geographical barriers to participation; engagement techniques to ensure equal and fair representation; and the value of volunteers in helping to achieve aims. You will come away with: examples of how to engage younger people, including at the decision-making level; and an understanding of Nature Based Solutions and the twin climate and biodiversity crises.

Nature Scot

Inspiring positive action through nature connectedness
This interactive workshop aims to explore nature connectedness, the psychological construct which describes a person’s relationship with
the natural world, which can be a reliable predictor for the wellbeing benefits and pronature behaviour gained. But how do young people form this relationship with nature, and how does it lead to taking positive action? By the end of the workshop you will have explored the process of forming a connection with nature, how it leads to wellbeing benefits and pronature behaviour, and the tools and resources you can use to work this into a campaign or intervention including taking learning outdoors.


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