Scottish Youth Climate Programme

The 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) hosted in Glasgow in 2021 was a fantastic opportunity for the youth work sector to engage Scotland's young people in the climate emergency discussion. Our work leading up to and beyond this event included the Our Bright Future Project, as well as our partnership with Young Scot on Scotland's Young People's Forest.

The Scottish Youth Climate Programme was a partnership project between YouthLink Scotland, Young Scot and Keep Scotland Beautiful in the lead up to and beyond the historic summit, to develop a confident and equipped climate literate youth work workforce.

We recruited a network of over 200 Local Climate Champions aged 11 - 25 years old from across Scotland, who were supported by a local Youth Work Champion to develop a climate social action project in their communities and inspire other young people to get involved in tackling the climate emergency. 

We also hosted a Scottish Youth Climate Declaration, attended by young people from across Scotland, which set out the most pressing issues for children and young people and their demands to the Scottish Government and international decision-makers. You can find out more and read the full declaration here.

This Youth Work Champion’s online platform has been created to inspire and motivate youth workers and the wider sector through sharing case studies and best practice of the vital role youth workers play in supporting young people as climate champions. 

Hear from the youth workers and young people involved in the programme about how it positively impacted them, their youth groups, communities and the environment:

We're also gathering case studies to demonstrate the impact youth workers are having in supporting young people to take social action against the climate emergency and help Scotland to reach net zero. Tell us about your project here to be included as a case study! Or contact Development Officer (LfS), Naomi Dixon -

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