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Young Ardgay entrepreneur leads the way in climate advocacy


By Caroline McMorran

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A YOUNG Sutherland entrepreneur has become the first certified Youth Climate Advocate for the Highlands.

Ciara Bow (24), the director of Gledfield Distillery and the 2022 winner of the UHI Inverness Business Competition, achieved the distinction after joining the Youth Climate Advocates programme, successfully completing a climate emergency training course and then going on to become certified as Carbon Literate.

Ciara Bow hopes to grow more of her own vegetables after completing a climate emergency training course.
Ciara Bow hopes to grow more of her own vegetables after completing a climate emergency training course.

The Youth Climate Advocates programme is delivered by Keep Scotland Beautiful, which coordinates the Highland Community Waste Partnership.

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Ciara said: “I am delighted to become certified Carbon Literate and the first official youth climate advocate for the Highland Community Waste Partnership.

“Since completing my training, I feel so much better informed about the climate emergency and the steps that we, as a society, need to take to achieve net-zero.

“As individuals, we all have a responsibility to reduce our carbon emissions in our personal lives, communities and workplaces.

“The pledges I made as part of the training have encouraged me to take action myself. By growing more of my own vegetables, I can reduce the amount of packaging and other resources used in food production and work on reducing my food waste.”

Anyone aged 11-24 and living in the Highlands can become a Youth Climate Advocate by completing Climate Emergency Training with the Highland Community Waste Partnership. Carbon Literacy Project certification is optional. Click here to find out more.


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