BY Amy Rohu
Cerys Hanlon, student in Newpark Comprehensive School has helped to distribute hundreds of native saplings through her Green-Schools Committee and has written several articles for the school newsletter on being a Climate Ambassador, writes Amy Rohu.
Cerys aims to set a sustainable example for her peers and cycles to school or gets public transport every day, she has also embraced a minimalist wardrobe and enjoys a vegan lifestyle. The student also organised lots of beach cleans and swap shops this year, nudging her friends and family along in their own sustainable journeys.
An Taisce’s Environmental Education Unit announced twelve Climate Ambassador Awards for Outstanding Achievement on Thursday 25th November, 2021. The awards are an annual opportunity for Climate Ambassadors to connect and reflect, to recognise and celebrate their fantastic achievements. Initially due to take place in Dublin, the ceremony shifted online due to current Covid-19 precautions.
193 citizens from a wide range of backgrounds including secondary school students and teachers, university students, lecturers, parents, farmers and businesspeople were all selected to be Climate Ambassadors in 2021. The programme, now in its fourth year, has gone from strength-to-strength with Climate Ambassadors gaining key skills and confidence to take local action and inspire others to join them on their sustainable journey.
Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan T.D., acknowledged the commitment of all Climate Ambassadors and their valuable work in communities, colleges and schools across Ireland: “Climate Ambassadors are taking practical actions and inspiring others. Through their actions and communications, they demonstrate an extraordinary depth and diversity of knowledge and experience in their chosen areas. Change is happening, to give hope, thank you to the Climate Ambassadors for giving us that”.