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Dáil Youth Assembly 2019

Fri 15th Nov 2019

Conor Henry TY

representing KH in the RTE National Youth Assembly on Climate

'I am Conor Henry and I was one of 157 young people selected to take part in the RTE National Youth Assembly on Climate.

To become part of this extraordinary event I had to submit a written pitch about what aspects of climate breakdown are most important to me and why. I also had to submit a one-minute video talking about my interests in climate issues and why I wanted to take part in the Youth Assembly. I then had to complete a telephone interview.

On Friday November 15th the country’s first ever Youth Assembly on Climate took place in Dáil Éireann. It gave young people the opportunity to discuss what Ireland needs to do to take action on climate and environmental issues at the heart of Government.

The selected delegates worked together in groups, with a facilitator, to work out exactly what our proposals were on climate action. The final session, in the Dáil Chamber, was broadcast on RTÉ News Now and Oireachtas TV.

Ireland's young people have been leading the way on climate, and now the country is listening. Through strikes and demonstrations, we’ve helped to make climate issues a national talking point.'

RTE Press Release

On Friday 15th November, the first ever Youth Assembly on Climate will be held in the Dáil Chambers. 157 young people (10 to 17 year olds) from all twenty-six counties will come together to discuss and determine their proposals for climate action. It is a fitting platform for the young who have driven climate to the top of the national and international agenda. The Youth Assembly will be chaired by Ceann Comhairle, Seán Ó Fearghail. Conor Henry in Form 4 will represent the school. Conor was selected from almost 1,000 applicants to take part.

The 157 delegates will work in groups under five themes to devise a Youth Assembly Proclamation on Climate.

There will also be an online ENDORSEMENT opportunity where students and members of the public can register their support for the Youth Assembly’s Proclamation on rte.ie/youthassembly from 2.30pm on the day.  The greater the numbers of supporters the Youth Assembly’s Proclamation has, the more power it will hold. 

THE DATE:

  • Friday 15th of November

THE TIMES:

  • Opening Dáil Chamber Session: 09:55 to 10:35
  • Final Dáil Chamber Session: 13:40 to 14:35

WHERE CAN YOU WATCH IT?

  • RTÉ 2
  • RTÉ News Now
  • Oireachtas TV

HOW CAN YOU ENGAGE?

  • By tuning in to the live Dáil sessions
  • By holding debates along the Youth Assembly Topic lines in school during the day
  • By encouraging students to ENDORSE the Youth Assembly Proclamation on Climate on rte.ie/youthassembly

THE YOUTH ASSEMBLY TOPICS:

  • Economics
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Food & Farming
  • Power