COP26 Scottish Youth Climate Programme

Helping young people tackle climate change

With extreme weather events in the news almost daily and as a legacy of Scotland having hosted the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November 2021, it has never been more important to provide opportunities for our young people to talk and learn about climate change.

We are working in partnership with Young Scot and YouthLink Scotland on the COP26 Scottish Youth Climate Programme. The programme will ensure that young people can play a key role in Scotland’s response to the climate emergency, and that youth workers and those who work with young people are equipped to support them to do so.

The programme will increase awareness of climate change and support young people to take climate action. 

The Scottish Government is funding the programme and it is being co-designed by young people from across Scotland. Activities will include networking and training events, a Youth Work Champions Group and a COP26 Local Champions Programme.

As part of the programme, we are providing accredited Climate Emergency Training to young people, youth workers and people who work with young people.


Climate Emergency Training for youth workers and those working with young people

This free online course is for youth workers and those working with young people. It will provide you with an understanding of the climate emergency and equip you with skills and tools to help the young people you work with take climate action. This course is accredited by the Carbon Literacy Project and successful participants will receive a Carbon Literacy certificate.

This course consists of three Zoom sessions along with some learning in your own time. We are running this course at various times through until March.

This programme has finished for now, but check back later in the year for future updates.



Climate Emergency Training for young people

As part of the COP26 Youth Climate Programme, we have also developed a session of climate emergency training for young people, which will be offered to young people aged 11-25 across the country. We are working with our programme partners Young Scot and YouthLink Scotland to make this online training course available to young people across Scotland.

A co-design group made up of young people from across Scotland has played an active part in ensuring this training is relevant and suitable for their peer group.

This programme has finished for now, but check back later in the year for future updates.

Climate Emergency Toolkit for Youthworkers

As a legacy of this programme, we also have updated the Climate Emergency Toolkit for Youth Workers. This toolkit is designed to support youth workers and all those working with young people in Scotland to help inform young people about the climate emergency and to empower them to take positive action.

The toolkit has been designed and updated as a partnership between Keep Scotland Beautiful and YouthLink Scotland as part of the COP26 Youth Climate Programme funded by the Scottish Government.

It includes activities to help young people learn about and discuss the impact of our choices on climate change, environment, and people. The activities also introduce opportunities for young people to find out more and take positive action to tackle climate change.

There are a variety of activities, games and resources for young people of a range of ages and abilities. The activities support learning to take place through facilitated discussions, interactive exercises, games and films, with most sessions having in-person and online delivery options. Each activities highlights its links with both the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Youth Work Outcomes, as well as suggested age ranges, resources and timings.

The toolkit should prove useful to many youth work settings, but particularly for youth workers who have completed the Climate Emergency Training for Youth Workers course, also part of the COP26 Youth Climate Programme.

Have a look at the toolkit here!

Scottish Youth Climate Programme partners

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