Events & Opportunities
Engage with the climate emergency by signing up for the latest events, training and opportunities for youth workers and young people from across the sector.
Connect with a global community of educators while transforming your teaching practice with National Geographic’s free online courses for educators. Courses range in content, length, and schedule, and are open to any educator from anywhere in the world who works with students in either a formal or informal setting.
Climate change, gender equality, health, social equity, and inclusion are issues that affect us all, impacting human well-being and economic stability. On this five-week course, you’ll develop an informed personal response to these major challenges as you’re supported to take positive actions towards a sustainable future
On this course, you’ll learn how to successfully teach climate change to secondary school students aged 11-14 years old. You’ll learn about the key facts behind the climate crisis, before going on to develop practical learning activities for your pupils.
On this two-week course, you’ll explore how climate change affects different people and places in varying ways and how we, and our world leaders, can take action.
My Mooc helps you to browse free and certified online courses. Just filter the category by topic and find a variety of climate emergency related courses to suit your needs.
Access eight modules, centred around themes connected to climate change. The modules are accessible self-teaching tools, to allow adults without any scientific background to learn more about climate change and what they can do about it from the comfort of their own home.
Scotdec offers a wide variety of courses on sustainability, climate action and global citizenship for those in the youth sector.
Study free courses on the topic of 'Nature & Environment' with OpenLearn.
Embark on 30 adventures – or Quests – that will help you understand and celebrate our natural world, while learning about how dependent we are on our planet.
Get skilled-up with these online courses about climate change and what you can do about it.
Sign up to interactive and insightful courses on different aspects of climate justice, including the colonial history of climate, and food sovereignty.
This programme is free and open to young people aged 18-35 in Scotland. It consists of 6 day-long training modules spread over a year which equip young people with the skills they need to take climate action in their personal, professional and civic lives.
My Climate Path is a COP26 education legacy initiative for Scotland's young people created by Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Glasgow, with DYW Lanarkshire & East Dunbartonshire and DYW West, proudly supported by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and funded by Scottish Government. This supports the Young Person's Guarantee commitment to provide every 16-24 year old in Scotland with an opportunity that will positively impact their future.
Hope for the Future has been working to equip communities, groups and individuals across the country to communicate the urgency of climate change with their local politicians for the last eight years. Using our experience of engaging representatives on climate change, our training covers the fundamental aspects of relationship-building including communicating with empathy, finding common ground, asking for effective action and conversational techniques.
Looking for collaboration? Many of the Climate Beacons are actively looking for others to work with in their local area. If you are interested with working with any of the Beacons, get in touch and check out their website for events in your area.
26th May 5:00 - 6:30pm
This 90-minute webinar will take a look at some of the different skills that are needed in green industries, featuring guest speakers who are young people working in climate-related jobs, as well as focusing on how youth workers can support young people to improve their green employability credentials. The event is open to young people and youth workers from across Scotland, and is run as part of the Our Bright Future project. More information on speakers to follow.
Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/301508960417
Children and Young People's Comissioner Scotland. The Child Rights International Network and the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child held an online interactive side event to COP26 on children’s access to climate justice. Watch it here.
75% of children and young people feel the future is frightening. Watch the panel discussion on a groundbreaking new study about climate anxiety, and join the live discussion.
At this live online event on 3 June 2021, changemakers from around the world discussed how we can tackle climate change and influence policymakers in the lead up to COP26, the global United Nations summit about climate change that will take place in November 2021.
The full recording of the launch panel discussion of British Council's The Climate Connection campaign - Global Youth Letter.
In conversation with Dr. Jane Goodall DBE, Tara Shine & Anna Kernahan: The NI Science Festival presents an inter-generational conversation on the key issues facing the planet and what we need to do to influence policy makers and the public in this crucial year.
This recorded webinar features guest speakers from a variety of organisations and backgrounds, all discussing different ways that young people can get involved in climate decision making at a local level, with a focus on the council elections on May 5th 2022.
An Insightful workshop to learn more about careers in the green sector. Young speakers talk about their experience of getting into the sector and share their top tips. You will hear from job experts offering useful advice on how to get your dream green role.
In this session, recorded at Transition Together’s Together We Can Summit, hear from activist and writer George Monbiot, whose book ‘Feral’ was partly responsible for sparking the current interest in rewilding and by Jay Griffiths, who will speak about how by rewilding we also rewild ourselves. They’re be joined by Beth Collier, founder of Wild in the City and Frag Last who’s grassroots work in the Peak District is helping communities, particularly young people, reconnect with nature and rediscover their ‘wild child’. You will not look at the natural world, or your place in it, in the same way again.
This 90-minute recorded webinar on Zoom will take a look at some of the different skills that are needed in green industries, featuring guest speakers who are young people working in climate-related jobs, as well as focusing on how youth workers can support young people to improve their green employability credentials. The event is run as part of the Our Bright Future project.
Apply for £1,000 to £10,000 of National Lottery funding to support communities across the UK to take action on climate change.
Grants of equipment and training bundles are available for community groups in Scotland to deliver projects which will benefit people or wildlife on the traffic-free paths of the National Cycle Network in Scotland.
The 2050 Climate Group offers financial support for projects aiming to tackle an aspect of climate change.
The Scottish Landfill Communities Fund (SLCF) is for projects that require up to £25,000 from Viridor Credits. Viridor Credits supports Community, Heritage and Biodiversity projects located within 10 miles of any active Landfill site or transfer station accepting 2,500 tonnes of waste.
This is open to charities and community organisations to apply for a grant of up to £1,500 via an on-line application form. Applications are open to all local good causes, but we are currently prioritising helping projects that support food security, children and young people and local store nominated good causes. Examples include: a residents group planting an orchard, a community garden running activities for children, or a brownie or scout group needing new tents.
Organisations and groups working with communities can apply for up to £5000 to take part in and celebrate Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022, with new, creative events, activities and programming, spotlighting stories inspired by, created, or written in Scotland.
Aviva Community Fund has teamed up with Crowdfunderto give UK charities and community interest companies support in forward-thinking causes that help push communities forward. Aviva employees will be able to view projects and between them will share out £250,000 of funding. Each charity can apply for funding of up to a maximum of £50,000 and Aviva employees will decide how the funding is distributed. Submitted projects include 'Climate Action: Promoting healthy, thriving communities by preventing, preparing for, and protecting against the impacts of climate change'. Applications for Round 2 are now open until 20 April 2022.
The BEMIS & Dandelion community grants fund has been launched for community groups across Scotland to get started with growing their own food, and celebrate this with a Harvest Festival. The fund has been developed to support and celebrate community groups and non-profit organisations across Scotland who are not currently growing their own food but would like to take their first steps towards doing this. They can apply for grants of up to £2,000 to get started with running their own community food growing project throughout the year, and celebrate the results by taking part in one of the Dandelion Harvest Festivals being held from 9 to 11 September 2022.
This search engine provides a network of youth awards in Scotland, and will support you to find an award suitable for your youth group.
Archaeology Scotland’s Heritage Hero Awards offer a framework, a focus and a reward for groups undertaking heritage focused projects.
Learn more about the John Muir Award to find out how your young people can be recognised for connecting, enjoying and caring for their wild spaces.
Wild Challenge is a call to get up, get out and get wild! It's a challenge for you to connect with the natural world - to reach out and touch it and meet it head-on, up-close and personal. There are a range of fun activities to choose from and bronze, silver and gold awards to achieve.
Green Tree Schools Award encourages outdoor learning and inspires pupils about trees, woods and wildlife.
Theme your DofE programme around combating climate change.
Young People’s Competition: Together For Our Planet. A competition for young people to find new ways to make religious festivals more eco-friendly.
SYFF have partnered with the National Library of Scotland’s Moving Image Archive and Scottish Power to launch a film competition designed to give young Scots a voice at COP26.
The 90kg Rice Challenge is the perfect social enterprise activity for your school, church or community group covering a range issues which are prevalent in today’s society including fair trade, sustainability, social enterprise and global citizenship.
Find a climate action group near you.
Register your interest in becoming a Climate Action group to join hundreds of groups across the country campaigning for urgent climate action.
Find your nearest Fridays for Future Scotland group and find out how your young people can get involved.
A way to show politicians how many people care about the climate crisis no matter what their politics. Find out how to make your commitment.
Sign the petition and write to your MSP to train educators to teach students about climate change in schools.
Find out more about the planned Cambo oil field in Shetland and what you can do to take action against it.
Are you making artworks inspired by the climate crisis; helping to raise awareness? Climate Change Creative would like to see what you’re making. Send them your art, and a few lines about the ideas behind it.
And join a growing number of people choosing not t fly because of the climate crisis.
In 2021, young climate activists from across Scotland came together online to hammer out the Scottish Youth Climate Declaration – setting out the most pressing environmental issues for Scotland’s children and young people. To support young people in gaining the attention of policy makers, businesses and schools, we’ve created the Scottish Youth Climate Declaration Endorsement pack, a handy toolkit for young people to share their vision of a greener, fairer world. Download a wide range of assets for amplifying your youth group’s message on social media; learn how to create a powerful vlog for environmental change; spark up key discussions in your community to make sure young people’s voices are heard.
The UK government is considering approval of Shell's new North Sea gas field: Jackdaw. We need as many MPs as possible to publicly oppose Jackdaw and support real solutions to the gas price and climate crisis.