COP TV

This year, SYFF (supported by ScottishPower and Arts and Business) are taking 12 young people to the United Nations Climate Change Summit in Glasgow (COP 26) where they will report from one of the most important events ever to take place in Scotland. Our aim is to link up young people in Scotland who care about the planet with other young people around the world with the same goals and ideas. The group, who have been recruited from all over Scotland, are creating COP TV, a daily online broadcast which from the 8th-12th November will air for an hour and let the world know what the young people of Scotland think about the climate crisis and the solutions being discussed at COP.

Programmes will feature live interviews, pre recorded films and inserts produced daily to reflect the breadth of what’s happening. The team have already completed an online course in climate change and will be learning skills in both climate science and media production during their time with the project.

So let’s meet the team.

Becky Gillan

Becky Gillan

Hiya! My name is Becky and I live in Edinburgh (Although I’m originally from South Lanarkshire). I study Government Policy and Society with Quantitative Methods at the University of Edinburgh and have a strong interest in economic, environmental, educational and health policy. A fun fact about me is that I work as a roller skating instructor.

With COP TV, I hope to be able to spread awareness of climate change both within my generation and beyond. As well as this I hope to be able to interview key environmental stakeholders and ask the difficult questions that young people need to know.

Zoë Conroy

Zoë Conroy

My name is Zoë Conroy and I come from a village called Banchory. I am 17 years old and I am currently in my sixth year at Banchory Academy. I have secured a place at Edinburgh Napier for a 4 year long photography course starting in 2022. I really hope to go into the fashion industry as I have always felt that change is necessary from within.

I hope that COP TV will give me the opportunity to get myself and the other young people who are part of the team out there and our voices heard, so that the change is made.

Joseph Olanlokun

Joseph Olanlokun

My name is Joseph Olanlokun. I'm 17 and live in Armadale in West Lothian.

One day I want to be a film/TV director so I am interested in directing, screenwriting and camera Work. It's been fun working with COP TV so far because it's given me the chance to meet like-minded people who have positive ideas around climate change.

I hope to influence the way young people think about climate change and I want more people to do their part in making the world a better place.

Stella Duncan

Stella Duncan

My name is Stella and I come from Dumfries. I am 16 years old at present but I am aiming to do a university level qualification in global environmental issues alongside my advanced highers. I’ve been part of the school’s eco-committee for quite a few years and outside of school I have been attending a local film-making group (Scene 1 Take 1) for almost 7 years.

Josh Parker

Josh Parker

I’m Josh, I’m 17 and I’m from the south side of Glasgow. I’m in my first year of University. I’ve been really interested in activism and have worked on a range of issues that affect young people.

I hope to bring greater awareness to the climate crisis among other young people and inspire people to get involved in learning more and taking action.

Scarlett Alexander

Scarlett Alexander

Hi, I’m Scarlett from Ayr and I’m 16 years old. I’m into lots of different fashion and music and I’ve been taking an interest lately not just in media and climate but how media can be more climate and carbon conscious. Totally fascinated by the technology of broadcasting and I hope to get a real chance through COP TV to gain experience in camera work and editing. Currently making my own personal film for COP TV about waterways near my home town.

I recently had a chance to sit in on the editing of a documentary about Johnny Cash and his performance in San Quentin jail.

Meredith Rae

Meredith Rae

I’m Meredith, I’m 17 and from the Falkirk area. Started getting interest in this area by writing a piece for my school newspaper regarding climate, the pandemic and climate justice. I’m aiming to do Film and Television with Politics at University of Glasgow in 2022 and in the past year created an initiative at school called ‘Lady Business’ which aimed to combat period poverty.

Rachel Henderson

Rachel Henderson

My name is Rachel and I am from Glasgow. I’ve taken part in school climate protests like the march in Glasgow in 2019. I’m 16 years old and currently studying Higher Drama. I go to Bishopbriggs Academy and I am a massive bookworm with my favourite book being ‘ The Midnight Library’ By Matt Haig.

I hope to gain more knowledge and insight on what’s going on in the world and to use the skills I learned to spread awareness and to inspire others to make change.

Jasmin Robertson

Jasmin Robertson

17 years old and from Nairn I have attended the Friday climate strikes at school and I aim to improve our world throughout all my creative practices. Recent art projects have looked at things like plastic pollution and reforestation.

I am really looking forward to the act of making programmes and films; From the writing and planning to the editing and final transmission. I enjoy editing and can’t wait to get started making films for broadcast during COP 26.

Emily Ritchie

Emily Ritchie

I’m Emily, I’m 20 years old and I live just outside of Glasgow. I’ve recently graduated from City of Glasgow College, where I studied HNC Social Sciences.

My hope is, that through the COP TV project, I will be able to build upon my current understanding of both the climate crisis and the media industry. Going into this project, my experience was mainly media based – having made a few short films in the past, along with an interest in photography. Already I have learned vital skills in filmmaking, more about what we can do to tackle the climate crisis and the importance of COP26, something that will hopefully continue throughout the COP TV project.

Finlay McLennan

Finlay McLennan

Hello! My name is Finlay, I am 17 years old and I live just outside of Inverness. I love trad and folk music and I play the fiddle with my band Cala.

What I hope to achieve at COP is inspiring other young people to be a part of the fight for climate change through the use of film and also to gain experience working in the media industry.

Charlie Topping

Charlie Topping

I’m Charlie. I’m 16 years old and from Drumchapel and just completed a short comedy horror film (despite the pandemic) for my Higher Media course.

Really looking forward to getting involved in all aspects of both broadcast and the climate crisis as we head to COP 26. Which will likely be the most important event to ever come to my hometown of Glasgow. Main focus – fast fashion.