Young Scots have their say on COP26

Applications for new youth climate programme opened.

A new programme of events will put the voices of young people in Scotland at the heart of the climate conversation during COP26.

Young Scot, Keep Scotland Beautiful and YouthLink Scotland will lead on delivering a youth climate programme across the country backed by £450,000 of Scottish Government funding.

Young people will co-design the programme, recruiting local champions from every local authority to help connect with communities to tackle climate change.

Minister for Environment, Biodiversity and Land Reform Mairi McAllan met the North Lanarkshire Youth Climate Ambassadors at Strathclyde Park to discuss the climate issues that are important to them. Ms McAllan said:

“Young people in Scotland are driving the cause of climate action. This programme will give them a platform to make sure their voices are not just heard, but acted upon. 

“Scotland has world leading targets to be net zero by 2045 and we are already more than half way there. With COP26 in Glasgow this year, all of us have a unique opportunity to advance the society and economy-wide transformation demanded by the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss.

“We’re taking action and putting people at the heart of all we do. Young people have been demanding change for a better future and this programme will empower them to go even further. I look forward to hearing their ideas and engaging with them as we work together to end our contribution to climate change.”

Heather Ashworth, former Climate Action Intern with Keep Scotland Beautiful,  said:

“We can work together by talking, sharing our knowledge and our success stories. We need to support each other to learn and understand climate issues and the actions we can take. Young voices must be heard, but regardless of age or background, we all need to come together to ensure Scotland becomes a net zero nation.”

The youth programme will run up to and beyond the UN climate conference in November and will include a range of activities to support young people as they engage in the fight against climate change, along with the chance to receive accredited training.

In addition to the programme, Young Scot, Keep Scotland Beautiful and YouthLink Scotland will deliver a COP26 Scottish Youth Summit ahead of COP26, including a Scottish Youth Climate Declaration.


Young people with an interest in climate change can apply to be part of the programme by visiting the Young Scot website.

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