Students taking part in Concern’s annual Agents of Change event in Croke Park. Photo: Ruth Medjber/ Concern WorldwideStudents taking part in Concern’s annual Agents of Change event in Croke Park. Photo: Ruth Medjber/ Concern WorldwideStudents taking part in Concern’s annual Agents of Change event in Croke Park. Photo: Ruth Medjber/ Concern Worldwide

1Planet4All

1Planet4All

Do you want to make a difference? Do you want to do more to fight against climate change? Are you interested in finding new ways to live a more sustainable life? If so, 1Planet4All could be the ideal campaign for you!

What is 1Planet4All?

1Planet4All is a campaign across 12 European countries that will inspire a generation of youth activists to lead our fight against the global climate crises. It is an alliance of 14 International NGOs working in some of the most fragile, climate-affected countries. In order to fight the climate crisis, the alliance aims to hold politicians, elected officials and corporations to account on their Paris Climate Agreement pledges.

It will also challenge behaviours and attitudes that fuel the climate crises, such as poor recycling targets and household food wasting.  It will also amplify the voices of the those most affected by extremes in weather in the Global South, who area already living with effects of climate change.

Importantly, 1Planet4All  with promote values of climate justice, solidarity, stewardship, dignity and equality. 

Take a look at our video below to find out more. 

In the next three years, the alliance aims to reach 13,700,000 people through digital and traditional media channels, while also engaging over 8 million youth on climate action issues. It hopes to train 147,940 young leaders in 12 EU member states to become agents of change on climate action and to support 26,380 young people to develop concrete actions on climate change at local, national and International levels.

All of 1Planet4All's work will be evidence-based and will promote activism on both an indviual and collective level. Throughout this time, the alliance will be calmly calling for urgent action on climate change.

Get involved

If you would like to get involved in climate activism but don't know where to start, email Concern's Campaign Officer Sinead Morgan, who will be delighted to hear from you.

Irish Citizen Survey

What do young Irish people really think about climate change? In January 2021, we surveyed 1,181 people aged between 18 and 35 on their attitudes to climate change. Check out the video below to see what they said!

ClimAct Programme

 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 [1] 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[2] [3]. 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[4]. 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. 

 

[1] https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/11/06/world/cop26-glasgow-climate-sum…

[2]https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/05/cop26-sharply-criticized-as-the-most-ex…

[3]https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/08/cop26-legitimacy-qu…

[4]https://www.globalwitness.org/en/press-releases/hundreds-fossil-fuel-lo…

Concern Staff Christina at the Concern Debate Finals. Photo: Ruth Medjber / Concern Worldwide.

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