THE RURAL Youth Project has partnered up with YouthLink Scotland to lead on climate action this International Youth Day.

A special webinar, 'How YOU(th) can be a leader for change' will take place this Wednesday, August 12, at 11am and will empower and encourage young people to find their voice, influence policy and give practical tips on how to create grassroots movements.

The event, coinciding with International Youth Day, will be facilitated by Ffion Storer Jones and Russ Carrington, who both sit as youth representatives on the Rural Youth Project’s Steering Committee and will include young people from across Scotland facilitating discussion.

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Ms Storer Jones commented: “Young people are taking action to tackle the climate crisis in many different ways, from raising their voices to innovating solutions. This webinar provides an exciting opportunity to bring lots of young people together from across the urban-rural divide to learn and share, and hopefully grow and catalyse further action.”

Mr Carrington added: "Really looking forward to co-hosting this upcoming webinar to showcase the good things young people are already doing in rural areas to address the climate emergency, and furthermore discuss how we can all do more!"

The webinar is part of a series of Climate Action Policy Seminars by YouthLink Scotland for young people, youth work practitioners and other interested stakeholders to come together to share practice.

Policy and Research Manager at YouthLink Scotland, Kevin Kane, said: “YouthLink Scotland is delighted to be working alongside the Rural Youth Project and young people in preparation for a climate emergency webinar on International Youth Day (12/08/20) as part of a youth led series of online climate action sessions.

“As Scotland transitions out of lockdown, it is more important than ever that young people have their voices heard on climate policy if we are to stand any chance of a green/blue recovery becoming a reality.

“I would urge anyone interested in climate activism, policy, and youth work, to join us on August 12 for what is set to be a passionate and informed webinar on how to make an impact and build a grassroots movement.”

Those who wish to attend can register via YouthLink Scotland’s website HERE.