Special thanks to the four Youthreaches who took part in our Pilot Programme and helped us to develop this programme. Watching the young people take part was inspirational , thanks to all the young people and a special thanks to all the support from the teachers/youth workers working in these Youthreaches.
Huge Congratulations to Bandon Youthreach for their winning Zen Project !
This 1Planet4All ClimACT programme is aimed at Youth Organisations in Ireland. The aimof the programme is to creatively engage learners with the topic of climate justice, andempower them to take climate action.This programme has been tailored to equip the learners with the skills and tools to tackleclimate issues, and the inspiration to empower them to take action.
The programme collaborates with a variety of youth activists, design thinking coaches, creative folk, environmental experts, skilled mentors, eco entrepreneurs, and global guest speakers who will share their skills and knowledge during weekly workshops.
A new programme is starting in January 2022 if interested contact us here
COP 26 - UNITING THE WORLD TO TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE
An account from a Concern Staff member Róisín Greaney who attended COP26
As someone fortunate enough to travel to COP26 in person last weekend, I left Dublin early last Friday morning to make my way to Glasgow by a combination of boat, bus and train with fellow climate change students. In an attempt to take part in COP26 outside of the official negotiation process (which only government officials and accredited delegates have access to), I attended a number of side events; the Global Day of Action for Climate Justice, a Climate Ceilidh, and a panel discussion on Mobilising Systems Change for a Regenerative Future.
Arriving in on Friday afternoon, we found the hostel to be a mini version of COP itself, housing activists, academics, delegates, and civil society groups from across the world who had repurposed the common area as an incident room. Throughout the weekend, I felt the anticipation in the city, and on Saturday morning, more than 100,000 people  of all ages and backgrounds came together in the hammering rain to demand action from world leaders. The atmosphere was electric and there was palpable a feeling of hope in the face of sustained inaction by policymakers. While a diverse range of groups such as trade unions, small island nations, environmental groups and firefighters marched together, it was clear that many groups, namely those who are most impacted by climate change, were not proportionately represented.
Access issues at COP 26 have been well documented by the media . Not only have many activist groups in Glasgow been excluded from the negotiations, but ongoing Covid-19 restrictions and an unequal vaccine distribution has limited the ability of many in the Global South to travel to Scotland. On the other hand, more than 500 fossil fuel lobbyists—a larger delegation size than any country—were given UN delegate status and access to the negotiations. Every tenth of a degree of warming averted will save lives, and I remain hopeful that together we will make the deep changes necessary to avert the worst of this crisis. However, this will not happen unless fossil fuel interests are removed from negotiations, and the communities who are most impacted by climate change are fully included, and have a voice at the table.