Climate Change: What It Means for You and Our Economy

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Tuesday 27 September, from 17.45
Venue: Collabor8te | 22 Montrose Street | Glasgow | G1 1RE

Glasgow Young Professionals and the 2050 Climate Group present a joint event focusing on the critical issue of climate change.

Climate change is at the forefront of political agendas around the world, more so than ever following the 2015 Paris agreement.  Now is as good a time as any to ask ourselves how we can understand what impact climate change is having on us, and what we can do to mitigate its effects.

The GYP team are delighted to be working with the 2050 Climate Group, an organisation run by young professionals from across Scotland who all share a commitment to climate change mitigation and adaptation and accelerating Scotland’s transition to a low carbon economy.  It’s a great opportunity for GYP members to learn more about the 2050 Climate Group and find out how they can get involved.

For this event, we welcome two prominent speakers from recent 2050 events to share their thoughts with you: read more about them and BOOK YOUR FREE TICKET below.


Dr Andy Kerr, Executive Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, will be posing the question, ‘What does leadership on climate change look like’?  He’ll be asking:

  • Why does it matter?
  • What can you do in your own organisation?
  • How will it help you?

Dr Katherine Trebeck, Senior Researcher, Oxfam GB Global Research Team, will be discussingConsumerism and the Economic Model’ – exploring how our economy compels consumerism, how it hurts us and the planet, and how to build an economy that meets our needs and protects the planet.


With thanks to our hosts, Collabor8te, for their support of this event.


Based over two floors in the heart of the Merchant City, Collabor8te is a collaborative workspace for small business owners and remote workers.  Everything needed for a productive working day is provided on flexible monthly memberships with no long term commitment – from a guaranteed desk to meeting rooms, wifi, tea, coffee, snacks and even breakfast.

As well as the practical office side, we’re all about collaboration and encourage interaction between members through events and introductions.  Nothing makes us happier than to see businesses prosper by being a part of our community of like-minded people!


Dr Andy Kerr is Executive Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, an international low carbon innovation centre hosted by the University of Edinburgh. He is co-Director of the Scottish Centre of Expertise on Climate Change (ClimateXChange), an initiative established to improve access by Scottish Government and public agencies to climate and clean energy knowledge to support effective policy development and implementation.

He was a non-executive member of the Scottish Government’s “Climate Change Delivery Board”, which oversees delivery of Scotland’s stretching emission reduction targets, and is a Programme Board member of the National Centre for Resilience. His public policy work has focused on developing effective sub-national and city frameworks that support reduction in dependence on fossil fuels and build resilience.

Dr Katherine Trebeck is Senior Researcher in Oxfam’s Research Team, where she is exploring an economy that delivers social justice, good lives, vibrant communities and which protects the planet. Her forthcoming book ‘Arrival’ (co-authored with Jeremy Williams) explores a new mantra for development that shifts attention from growth to quality and distribution of economic activity as we seek to ‘make ourselves at home’ in a wealthy world.

Katherine has a PhD in political science from the Australian National University (her thesis considered techniques utilised by Aboriginal communities to compel mining companies to recognise and respond to community demands). She is an Honorary Professor at the University of the West of Scotland, Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde, and was part of the GIZ Global Leadership Academy’s New Economic Paradigm project. Katherine was a Commissioner on the Fairer Fife Commission and WWF Scotland’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Task Force. She is on the Board of Ethical Scotland and is Rapporteur for Club de Madrid’s Working Group on Environmental Sustainability and Shared Societies.


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