New Climate Ambassador Programme launched by An Taisce

Published by Niall Sargent on

September 21st, 2017

A new scheme to find a new generation of climate ambassadors from across schools, campuses and the wider community in Ireland has been launched.

The new Climate Ambassador Programme, run by An Taisce’s Environmental Education Unit, was launched on Monday, 18 September. This exciting new programme focuses on identifying individuals in schools, campuses and the wider community who will work as ambassadors for climate change. The programme is open to everyone and its organisers hope to have people from all walks of life taking part to make a positive change in their communities. The

The programme is open to everyone and its organisers hope to find “people from all walks of life” who are working to make “positive change in their communities”.  Following training, Ambassadors will be invited to undertake actions to make their school, campus or community more resilient to climate change.

The programme will run for 12 months, with Ambassadors receiving support from An Taisce’s Climate Action Office. There will also be opportunities to Ambassadors to meet up throughout the programme and share and learn from each other’s experiences.

According to Gary Tyrrell, An Taisce’s Climate Action Officer, the Ambassador Programme “aims to increase awareness of the causes of climate change” and inform people as to what they can do to address the problem. “Through community engagement, the new Ambassadors will play their part in building sustainable Irish communities ready to meet the challenges of a changing climate,” he added.

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Commenting on the launch of the new programme, the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten, T.D., said that the programme will “play a significant part in how we as a country try to deal with climate change”.

“Ireland is vulnerable to the effects of climate change and the impacts are serious: more storms, rising sea levels and changing weather,” he said. “A key goal for the Ambassadors is to increase awareness of the causes and outcomes of climate change. They will also undertake a number of actions to make their school, campus or community more resilient to climate change by improving their local environment.”

To find out more about the programme, how to apply and what actions you can take, please visit: www.climateambassador.ie

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Niall Sargent

Niall is the Editor of The Green News. He is a multimedia journalist, with an MA in Investigative Journalism from City University, London