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Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Series: Session 4 – Youth Voices
24th March 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFree
In collaboration with the Marine Social Science Network (MarSocSci) and Sustainable Management of Marine Resources (SMMR), the MSCC Social Science Task group are planning a series of seminars on EDI (Equality, Diversity and Equality) and the marine environment. This is to promote understanding of the relationship between EDI and the marine environment and how these influence engagements with marine and coastal spaces. The seminars will provide an opportunity to learn from and engage with other experts, including accomplished researchers and practitioners, and share best practice and establish evidence gaps.
Our first speakers will be from the Marine Conservation Society, who will be speaking about some of their work engaging with different youth communities across the UK, including their Wild Coast Sussex project.
Our second speaker is Mhairi McCann. Mhairi is Youth STEM 2030’s Founder & CEO and has a strong belief in the positive difference young people can make to our world through STEM. Mhairi is a National Geographic Young Explorer, the first in Scotland, and over the past 5 years she has driven more meaningful youth involvement across several organisations nationally and internationally. For her work with Youth STEM 2030, Mhairi was named as one of the UK’s Top 50 Women in Sustainability in 2020, and in the NAAEE’s global 30 Under 30 for Environmental Education in 2021. Mhairi’s experience in the SDGs resulted in her being elected to the Steering Group of SDG Network Scotland and presenting a series of educational videos about the SDGs for BBC Bitesize. She currently represents Scotland as a member of the World Ocean Day Youth Advisory Council, and took over 53,000 pieces of plastic out the river Clyde in 104 weekly beach cleans each Saturday of 2020 & 2021. Mhairi is keen to connect and work with organisations who want to meaningfully embed young people’s voices into their decision-making.