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Sign the Youth Climate Justice pledge!

Mary Robinson has signed the Youth Climate Justice pledge! Now it’s OUR turn!

The National Youth Council of Ireland’s Youth Manifesto on Climate Justice was launched on 22 July in an online event that featured not only former President and climate justice campaigner, Mary Robinson, but also Green MEP Grace O’Sullivan and climate ‘warrior’ Selina Neirok Leem of the Marshall Islands.

The manifesto and launch were organised by an inspiring group of young climate activists from around Ireland, including our very own Patricia Gutteridge, one of our Senior Branch members from Tralee who was instrumental in compiling the programme for our Responsible Consumerism badge that we launched earlier this year.

Patricia writes this about the Climate Justice campaign:

I’m part of NYCI’s 2030 Youth Developmental Education Committee and in July we launched our manifesto on Climate Justice and our pledge for people to show their support of the manifesto by hosting an online webinar for people all around Ireland.

We had our first meeting in Dublin in February where we all got to know each other and began planning for the manifesto. We took the information gathered at the Youth Summit in December and began taking the most important points and shortening it down for the manifesto.

After our first meeting, we were forced to move to online meetings due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We had many more meetings over the next couple of months and in June we had our finalised version of our manifesto. We loved getting to see the finished product and seeing all of our hard work pay off was amazing.

Once we had our completed manifesto we began planning how we wanted to launch it. We decided on a webinar as we knew an in-person launch was not going to be feasible for a long time. We spent time organising how we wanted it to run, who we wanted there, when to run it etc.

On 22 July we officially launched the manifesto. During the webinar, we explained everything to do with our manifesto, and then we had a panel discussion with Mair Kelly from the committee, Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Selena Neirok – Youth Ambassador for the Marshall Islands. It was an amazing event and we were all very proud of how it turned out.

We hope to see big changes in the future to help save our planet and hope to see many more people signing the pledge in support of the manifesto.

You can sign the pledge here.