As Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, I am proud of how young people have demonstrated passion, leadership and empowerment in amplifying the conversation on climate change on the national and international stage.
At Dáil na nÓg, two topics were chosen for the two–year work programme of the Comhairle na nÓg National Executive, namely:
- more climate conscious transport solutions, and
- an action plan to reduce single use plastics.
My Department will work closely with the Executive to ensure their work will have a lasting impact on the implementation of the Government’s Climate Action Plan.
Additionally, my Department, in close collaboration with the Department for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, will establish a National Youth Council for Climate Action and Climate Justice as well as a new special Fund for Youth Action on Climate Justice. This will provide more channels for direct engagement between young people and decision-makers across Government and beyond. I will personally ensure, with the help of my officials, that young people will be supported in a long-term engagement to continue to work closely with decision-makers on Climate Action and Climate Justice. I strongly believe in supporting young people in this endeavour by giving them the opportunity to shape and influence future policy.
Proposals on the establishment of both the Council and the Fund are currently under development, and I hope to be able to provide the Deputy with further details in the near future.