Future Generations – Climate Justice Project seeks to explore and highlight the systemic and human rights issues related to the climate crisis.

With this partnership, we will bring the unique voices of young people who are missing from the climate discourse. Young people from marginalised, rural, and disadvantaged backgrounds are often left out of the conversation and their reality is oftentimes not represented in national and global policies as a result. 

Our project will specifically address this by:
  • Creating the space for young people to explore the topic of Climate Justice
  • Recognising the different layers of discriminations that exist in the climate crisis debate
  • Supporting young people to develop the skills they need to be advocates of climate justice
  • Empowering young people to take on a local/regional response to climate justice
  • To facilitate a global response to climate justice by including youth voices from the global south

Climate Justice Charter

The Climate Justice Charter is a tool that supports youth organisations to contribute to the systemic change needed.

By signing up to the charter, your organisation commits to uphold climate justice principles and work alongside others in the Climate Justice Charter community to promote climate justice principles. 

How to create change at the local level

The aim of this resource is to support young people’s understanding of how they can create meaningful change at the local level, particularly with regards to climate change and climate justice.
After reading this resource you should understand:
  • How local level government operates in Ireland, and how beneficial action at a local level is to national and international issues
  • What meaningful participation should look like, and how to hold institutions accountable if they do not practice meaningful participation for young people
  • How to identify different interest groups and stakeholders within your locality, so that you have allies in your push for change

How to get young people involved

We have created this resource to support you to deliver climate justice work with young people. Please read, use and adapt it to suit your group’s needs.
With this resource we hope to:
  • Inspire and support the youth sector to embed Climate Justice within their work
  • Create opportunities for those young people who are often left out of the Climate Action conversations
  • Equip organisations with the tools and knowledge to empower young people to join the conversation and take action through Climate Justice
  • Identify key learning, resources and tools available to deliver this work with young people

Watch our Climate Justice animations

Check out these 3 short animations we created as a way to tell you more about Climate Justice, who we are and the difference we hope to make:

What is Climate Justice?

Who we are and why we got involved?

The change we hope to make?

Controversial Conversations

Young people from our steering group hosted a ‘Controversial Conversation’ online event entitled ‘Can everyone afford to be “Green”?’ on the 4th of November 2020.

Young people and those who work with young people within the Youth Sector, Education Sector, Development Sector and Policy makers and the broader Irish Society all attended. There were inputs from Mary Cunningham- Director of the National Youth Council of Ireland, Anna Keyes and Amy O Brien from YMCA & Fabian Jacob from Macra – Future Generation Steering group members, Christopher O’Sullivan – Cork South-West TD and vice chairman of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Climate Action, Beth Doherty- Young activist, Thomas Duffy – President of Macra na Feirme, Kay Mc Cabe-Youth Worker Involve Youth Service and Mick Ferron – Regional Youth Service Manager Sphere 17.

Watch the full event

Watch the highlights

Our journey

with Climate Justice

On the 4th of December 2020, young people from the steering group committee organised a learning space with everyone that had been involved in the Future Generations Project.

The evening focused on each project’s journey with Climate Justice – what worked, what they found challenging, and how they made this experience unique and enjoyable for each other. We hope watching our journey will inspire you to step into your journey with Climate Justice.

This project was made possible through funding from Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth and Irish Aid.

Watch the full video

Watch the highlights

The overall journey of the Future Generations Climate Justice Project
This a short video documenting the partnership, process and learning from the Future Generations Project

Share the wisdom!

Share some of the climate justice lessons and messages that came out of this project on your social media:

Delivered by

Youth Climate Justice – Future Generations Consortium

It is a consortium project between the National Youth Council of Ireland (lead agency), Macra na Feirme, Sphere17 Regional Youth Facility, YMCA Ireland, and Concern Worldwide. It is funded by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth and Irish Aid.