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Responding to the Climate Crisis

Ahead of COP26 - the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (31 Oct - 12 November 2021) - Children in Scotland is listening to and supporting the views of children and young people on climate change.

What young people are telling us

This is what we are hearing from our children and young people's advisory group, Changing Our World, and from the young people we engage with across our projects and activities:

  • We need action now
  • We need to hold politicians to account
  • We need to understand the impact of climate change. Better education at school is part of that
  • We want to be part of making change happen. It’s our future and we don’t want to be excluded.

In responding to the Coronavirus outbreak, [global leaders] have proven that they can act in a crisis. Now, they must apply that urgency and level of action to the climate and ecological emergency.”
Holly Gillibrand, climate activist, speaking to Children in Scotland magazine in April, 2020.

Find out More

You can find out more about the impact of Climate Change and what’s happening globally and in Scotland by visiting these sites:

  • Scotland's Climate Week (13 - 19 September 2021)
  • The UN Climate Change Conference 2021 / COP26
  • As part of the global effort to fight the climate emergency, Scotland has set an ambitious target to become 'Net Zero' by 2045, five years ahead of the rest of the UK. Click here for more info about Net Zero Nation.
  • The Glasgow Climate Dialogues (September 2021) are a series of online discussions with representatives of the Global South, covering issues vital to climate action ambition.
  • Nature Scot is a good resource for information about the impact of climate change in Scotland.

Get Involved

There are many ways that children and young people can get involved and share their opinions on climate change. Here are some activities and events coming up as we head towards COP26:

  • #FridaysForFuture, the youth-led and -organised movement that began in August 2018, is organising a day of action on Friday 24 September 2021. Find out more in our magazine news story here.
  • COP26 Scottish Youth Programme Climate Group. A collaboration between Scottish Government, Young Scot, YouthLink and Keep Scotland Beautiful. The programme will run during the lead up to and beyond the UN climate conference in November. It will include a range of online and in-person activities, aimed at increasing young people’s awareness of climate change
  • Big Dreams, Little Footprints has a weekly Activity-Action post for families.
  • Send a message to our leaders to say how you care about the climate crisis. Climate Scotland is bringing together 10,000 voices. Add yours here
  • The Year of Youth Climate Action: COP26 and Your Role. The Nuclear Institute YGN, FoNE and YEP are collaborating on an online event (20 Oct) that will focus on the climate advocacy initiatives taking place this year.
  • The #Youth4ClimateLiveEducational Toolkit is a great
    interactive document, including handy hyperlinks to accessible climate engagement materials.

Talk to Your School

If you think your school could be doing more about Climate Learning:

  • YouthLink has some great resources available to help educate and campaign on climate emergency issues.
  • For educators and youth workers, YouthLink's National Youth Work Conference this year (5 & 6 Oct) takes the theme "Our Climate Emergency – Youth Work’s Role for People and Planet". Click here for booking info
  • Climate Our Future: Official Free COP26 school materials, created by Twinkl in collaboration with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Partners. Click here to access the materials.
  • Teach The Future, a campaign created by the Scottish Youth Climate Strikes campaign has four specific asks to achieve its vision of climate and environmental eduction in Scotland. Click here to find out more. 

Our climate calls

The calls we are making, in partnership with the children and young people we support, in our Manifesto for 2021-26.

Find out more

"Young people want to see politicians taking action"

Read 13-year old Anna Balmain's blog on what young people want to see happening now

Read it here

News: Young climate activists take action

Read our magazine news story on young climate activists planning day of action

Read it here

Scotland's Climate Week 2021

Scotland’s Climate Week will highlight the action that’s already underway.

Find out more

Changing our World

Find out more about our children and young people's advisory group and their hot topics for 2021-22.

Click here for more


Glasgow will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) from 31 October – 12 November 2021.

All about COP26

Children of the Revolution

The climate crisis special edition of Children in Scotland magazine explores how action now could save our future

Read it here

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