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.

Training Courses

Sign up for a free educator's course with National Geographic

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.

Learning for a Sustainable Future

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

Teaching Climate Change

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.

Tackling the Climate Crisis Together

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

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.

Climate Literacy Modules

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.

Professional Learning Courses

Scotdec offers a wide variety of courses on sustainability, climate action and global citizenship for those in the youth sector.

OpenLearn - Nature & Environment

Study free courses on the topic of 'Nature & Environment' with OpenLearn.

Earth School

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.

350.org

Get skilled-up with these online courses about climate change and what you can do about it.

Climate in Colour

Sign up to interactive and insightful courses on different aspects of climate justice, including the colonial history of climate, and food sovereignty.

2050 Climate Group - The Young Leaders Development Programme

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

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 Training and Events

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.

 

Events

Creative Carbon Scotland - Climate Beacons for COP26

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.

Green employability: a closer look at what types of skills are needed in the climate sector

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

 

Videos

Webinar: Interactive discussion on children’s access to climate justice

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.

Panel Discussion - How youth climate anxiety is linked to government inaction

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.

Conversation for Change Panel Discussion - The Climate Connection

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.

Global Youth Letter: Youth Voices on Climate Action / 8,000 Rising Panel Discussion

The full recording of the launch panel discussion of British Council's The Climate Connection campaign - Global Youth Letter.

How to Save the Planet

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.

Local Elections: How can young people influence decision making on climate issues?

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.

Green Jobs Youth Workshop

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.

Rewilding - together we can summit 2022

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.

Green Employability: What types of skills are needed in the climate sector?​

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.

 

Funding

Together for Our Planet Fund

Apply for £1,000 to £10,000 of National Lottery funding to support communities across the UK to take action on climate change.

Love Your Network Grant

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.

2050x Fund

The 2050 Climate Group offers financial support for projects aiming to tackle an aspect of climate change.

Scottish Landfill Community Fund

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.

Tesco Community Grants

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.

Year of Stories 2022 - Community Stories Fund

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

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. 

Dandelion Community Grant Fund

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.

 

Awards

Awards Network Scotland

This search engine provides a network of youth awards in Scotland, and will support you to find an award suitable for your youth group.

Archeology Scotland - Heritage Hero Awards

Archaeology Scotland’s Heritage Hero Awards offer a framework, a focus and a reward for groups undertaking heritage focused projects.

John Muir Award

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.

RSPB - Wild Challenge

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.

Woodland Trust - Green Tree Schools Award

Green Tree Schools Award encourages outdoor learning and inspires pupils about trees, woods and wildlife.

Duke of Edinburgh Climate Change Programme

Theme your DofE programme around combating climate change.

 

Competitions

Scottish Interfaith Week

Young People’s Competition: Together For Our Planet. A competition for young people to find new ways to make religious festivals more eco-friendly.

Scottish Youth Film Foundation

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.

 

Activism Opportunities

90kg Rice Challenge

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.

Join a Climate Action Group

Find a climate action group near you.

Form your own Climate Action Group

Register your interest in becoming a Climate Action group to join hundreds of groups across the country campaigning for urgent climate action.

Future for Fridays

Find your nearest Fridays for Future Scotland group and find out how your young people can get involved.

The Commitment

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.

Teach the Future

Sign the petition and write to your MSP to train educators to teach students about climate change in schools.

#StopCambo

Find out more about the planned Cambo oil field in Shetland and what you can do to take action against it.

Climate Change Creative

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.

Pledge to be Flight Free in 2022

And join a growing number of people choosing not t fly because of the climate crisis.

Scottish Youth Climate Declaration Endorsement

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.

Tell Your MP To #StopJackdaw

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.

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