Climate activist, public speaker, less waste advocate and environmental scientist.
Hello! My name is Laura Young, aka Less Waste Laura. Welcome to my little corner of the internet. Journey with me as I try to live an environmentally conscious lifestyle and advocate for environmental education and climate justice!
Glasgow; Our Last Best Hope? on BBC Radio 4 is out now. In this essential guide to COP26, Douglas Alexander asks what hope there is of success and considers what the transition to net zero could mean for Glaswegians, and all of us.
Douglas witnessed disappointment first hand as part of the British Ministerial Delegation to COP in Copenhagen in 2009. Now the biggest summit the UK has ever hosted is coming to his home city of Glasgow, he asks leading international figures including John Kerry, Christiana Figueres, Mark Carney and Alok Sharma what it will take to make a success of COP26.
If the conference does set an ambitious agenda for reaching net zero carbon emissions, what will it mean for the city and indeed all of us? He hears from Sir Anton Muscatelli, Principal of Glasgow University, CEO of Scottish Power Renewables Lindsay McQuade, Professor Tahseen Jafry, Director of the Centre for Climate Justice at Glasgow Caledonian University, cleansing worker and GMB representative Chris Mitchell, and me!
To demonstrate the role that individuals and communities can play in reaching net zero, the Scottish Government has created a sustainable, glowing zero artwork which is currently touring Scotland’s cities.
I was thrilled to be invited along to launch this initiative alongside some of my favourite organisations from around Edinburgh at the Castle!
A little bit more about me; I have completed a bachelors of science degree in Geography and Environmental Science from the University of Dundee, and a Masters in Environmental Protection and Management at the University of Edinburgh.
I currently work for the international development charity, Tearfund, as their Scotland COP26 Advocacy Events Coordinator, and run the social media channel for Bin Twinning, a new sustainability platform to help support recycling and waste projects around the world.
I work with individuals, business, and other organisations looking into sustainability in different spheres. For more about my work check out this page.