Young people of Ireland want climate justice and that requires unity:
pointing fingers at each other will not solve the climate crisis.
That’s according to young people attending the launch of the Youth
Climate Justice Manifesto today (22.07.20) at a major online event
organised by the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) – which
represents groups working with over 380,000 young people nationwide.
Over 150 young people from around Ireland met to hear from climate
justice advocates including former President of Ireland Mary Robinson
and Grace O’Sullivan, MEP as well as other young activists including
Selina Neirok, Youth Ambassador for the Marshall Islands.
Speaking ahead of the event Mary Robinson said: “The climate crisis
affects us all, and young people as the generation set to suffer the
most have a vital role to play in finding just solutions.
I am proud to launch this manifesto on behalf of the young people that
created it and encourage everyone to sign up to the pledge to take
action on climate justice.”
At the event, led by the NYCI’s Youth 2030 Young People’s Committee,
attendees also pledged to take action to support climate justice,
lending their voices to a manifesto which calls for unity: “Finger
pointing will not help us solve the climate crisis. Whether we are
young or old, rich or poor, from urban or rural areas, climate change
will impact us all. Standing in unity while recognising our different
realities is how we must tackle this challenge,” explained NYCI Youth
2030 member Alicia Joy O’Sullivan (19).
This event follows on from last year’s Climate Revolution Youth
Summit, which saw 400 young people come together at the RDS, Dublin.
Based on the summit findings, the NYCI Youth 2030 Young People’s
Committee created the Youth Manifesto on Climate Justice launched at
this event. The manifesto outlines the group’s call for:
Unity and avoidance of finger pointing
a Green Check on new policy
a transition that is just and a
social justice lens to the climate crisis.
This initiative is supported by Youth 2030, a partnership between NYCI
and Irish Aid, working in consortia with Concern Worldwide, Maynooth
University and Trócaire to support action on the Sustainable
Find out more or sign the pledge here: