Last Wednesday, young people, youth workers, educators, and youth organisations from across the country came together for the National Climate Justice Conference. Through workshops, plenaries, and upskilling sessions on connecting Climate Justice with UBU Funding, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, activism, and games, here are some things we learned:
1. There’s no substitute for in person events!
We wanted to give those in the youth work sector a creative space to gain knowledge on Climate Justice issues and learn innovative ways to connect these issues with young people. It was awesome! The connections made and the networking that took place was heartwarming to see after being separated from each other for so long.
2. Don’t be overwhelmed – taking the first step is the most important.
For a lot of people this is a new beginning, and some people don’t know what to do with the anger they feel about inaction on climate change and climate justice. We spoke today about how we can fire up ourselves, young people, governments, and world leaders to support this social justice journey.
3. We work better together
The day came to an end with a panel on the Climate Justice Charter. This Charter was created by young people aged 10-18 as part of the Future Generations Climate Justice Project. It is the first charter of its kind in Europe, and with a strong network of youth organisations signed up, it’s a powerful tool for change. This conference let as many youth organisations as possible know about the Climate Justice Charter Community, and encouraged them to join it by signing up to the principles of the Charter. If you would like to read more about the Charter, or sign up, you can find more information HERE.
If you have any questions about the conference, climate justice, or the Climate Justice Charter, please contact Eimear Manning at firstname.lastname@example.org.