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Free Climate Emergency Training Available to Young People in The Scottish Highlands

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Call for young people to become Youth Climate Advocates.

Environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful is offering free Climate Emergency Training with a focus on sustainable consumption for 11 – 24 year olds, as part of the Highland Community Waste Partnership, from November 2022.

Keep Scotland Beautiful has developed an exciting programme of accredited Climate Emergency Training to help upskill young people in the Highlands, with a view to training up to 200 Youth Climate Advocates.

Under 25s are particularly impacted by climate change as anxiety continues to grow amongst the demographic.

Alongside increasing their awareness about climate change, attendees will receive Carbon Literacy Project certification which can be added to CVs, university applications, Duke of Edinburgh awards, or contribute to other schemes such as the new High Life Highland Green Leadership Award.

They will also have a chance to translate their learning into meaningful action in their community and contribute to the work of the Highland Community Waste Partnership.

The Highland Community Waste Partnership, funded by The National Lottery, is led and driven by eight established community groups across the Highlands, coordinated by Keep Scotland Beautiful. 

It aims to scale up action on waste prevention and reduction in the region over the next three years.

Each partner brings their own experience and expertise to the table, with main areas of focus including food waste, packaging/single-use items and promoting share & repair, as well as raising awareness of how the way that we consume contributes to the climate crisis.

The things that we make, use and throw away, often after just after one or a few uses, make up 80% of Scotland’s carbon footprint.

Each Climate Emergency Training course consists of three, two-hour sessions, taken over three weeks and they will run until March 2025.

Following this training, the Youth Climate Advocates will be supported to take action on sustainable consumption in their community and maximise their involvement in all aspects of the Highland Community Waste Partnership activities.

Over 18s can sign up to these free Climate Emergency Training courses via Eventbrite

Those working with young people between the ages of 11- 18 years, who would like to discuss enrolling a group in a course, please email ellie.campbell@keepscotlandbeautiful.org or enquire via the HCWP webpage

Georgina Massouraki, Highland Community Waste Partnership Coordinator, said:

“We know climate change can be scary and overwhelming, particularly for young people whose futures are so affected by it.

“That is why this programme emphasises hope over despair with a focus on empowerment and both individual and community action. 

“This course not only provides young people with essential knowledge and understanding about the incredibly important and topical issue of the climate emergency; it also enables them to further their personal development through Carbon Literacy Project accreditation, and take practical action on consumption and climate change through the Highland Community Waste Partnership.”

Find out more about the training and the work of the Highland Community Waste Partnership at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org

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