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Friday, October 22, 2021

Can education build a sustainable society?

Time: 5pm to 6pm

Join us to discuss the quality of education currently available in Scotland. How effective is it? What other nations can we learn from?


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How important is quality education for children and adults in making informed choices on our environmental impact?

Whether it’s

  • school-based Learning for Sustainability helping pupils live environmentally sustainable lives in a global society, or
  • public information campaigns aimed at changing adults’ behavioural and societal habits,

join the panel to discuss the quality of education currently available. How effective is it? What other nations can we learn from?

This event is brought to you in partnership with The Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland. It is chaired by Bruce Adamson, The Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland.

This panel has BSL interpretation


Emily Farquhar, Climate 2050

Emily Farquhar is a Development Officer for Cycling UK and an operational volunteer for 2050 Climate Group. She also acts as the COP26 Volunteer Ambassador for Edinburgh and the Lothians. Emily is an advocate for active travel, and holds particular interests in behaviour change and urban sustainability.

Liam Fowley MSYP, vice-chair, Scottish Youth Parliament

Liam Fowley is the current Vice Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament and was elected as the MSYP for Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley in March 2019. Liam was previously a Trustee of SYP, and lead on the national campaign including the successful 'Pack it up, Pack it in' campaign. Liam is currently studying Food, Nutrition and Textiles Education at the University of the Highlands and Islands in Perth, and hopes to start a career in teaching once he completes his degree.

Professor Dave Reay, University of Edinburgh

'Prof Dave Reay (@keelingcurve) is Chair in Carbon Management & Education at the University of Edinburgh and director of the Edinburgh Climate Change Institute (ECCI). He is also policy director of ClimateXChange. Dave is in advisor to the Scottish and UK governments on climate action, chairs the implementation strategy group for the Climate Emergency Skills Action Plan (CESAP) in Scotland, and was a member of the UK Government's Green Jobs Taskforce.'

Bruce Adamson, The Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland

Bruce Adamson is Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland and Chair of the European Network of Ombudspersons for Children. A lawyer with over 20 years of experience in human rights. He was a member of Scotland’s Children’s Panel and is former Chair of the Scottish Child Law Centre. As Commissioner he helped secure legislative change on the age of criminal responsibility, protection for children from physical punishment, and the incorporation of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child. He has acted as international expert for international institutions including, United Nations, Council of Europe, European Union, OSCE and WHO.

Professor Pete Higgins

Peter is Professor of Outdoor, Environmental and Sustainability Education at University of Edinburgh and Director of Learning for Sustainability Scotland (a United Nations University centre). He has advised Scottish, UK and other governments and his policy impact has been recognised by recent Scottish Government and UNESCO nominations for international awards. He chaired the Ministerial Learning for Sustainability Advisory and Implementation Groups (2012-2016), which introduced learning for sustainability as an entitlement of all learners. He is an Expert Advisor to the UK Commission for UNESCO, the Asia-Pacific ESD Network etc. He Chairs the Board of Trustees of the Field Studies Council.

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