My name is Belle and I am an environmental science student at NUIG orginially from Cambridge, Massachusetts USA. Im really interested in educating and sharing my passions for the outdoors. I am involved with the Energy Soc at NUIG and plan to volunteer with Terryland Forest Park in Galway.
My name is Criodán Ó Murchú and I'm from Westmeath. I have a BSc in Chemistry from NUI Galway and currently study Environmental Science for my MSc. I am a Lead Reviewer with ClimateScience.org and love engaging in science communication with people around the world. I am passionate about climate justice and the environment around me and would love to work in the non-profit sector.
Hello, my name is Thomas. I'm a Civil Engineering student in NUI Galway and I'm currently in the middle of my PhD which is on the topic of sustainability in universities. I want to carry some of what I've learned in my studies into the real world, and I think the climate ambassador community will help me do this! My interests are in educating sustainability and measuring how sustainable organisations are. I’m from Tipperary and my environmental passion has stemmed from a relatively recent realisation of how pressing the climate and biodiversity crises are.
Growing up along the Wild Atlantic Way and collecting Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet DVDs in the weekly newspaper, I developed my great love for the natural world. I pursued my passion and studied marine science in college and my current PhD research focuses on sustainable fisheries. By participating in the climate ambassador programme my hope is that I learn the solutions an individual can take to make an impact. I hope to pass this knowledge on in an accessible way to members of my family and community to demonstrate what individuals working as a collective can achieve.
My name is Martina, I am passionate about life, art, and the environment. On social media I am better known as aka LeitrimLitterPicker, and my bio is, “The hummingbird looked up. I didn’t say I was going to do it all by myself, she said. But I’m ready to do my part." To me small actions make up the jigsaw of life. Our actions speak louder that our words. All positive actions create inspiration for the wider community, nation, and world. For the year ahead, I believe, no matter how hard the past, you can always begin again. Buddha.
Hello! I’m Jason Mc Guire, I have recently setup a sustainable energy community. My town has an older population very reliant on fossil fuels for heating and transport. Younger me was unaware of the fossil fuel addiction which swept the town, and still does! My education, and understanding has made energy aware! I’m researching sustainable energy pathways for Ireland, & I believe social understanding will be the cornerstone of the energy transition. I am a Climate Ambassador because I want to work together to understand and discuss ways to lower social barriers to start the rapid energy transition.
Climate Ambassador – Bio – Peter Bracken
My name is Peter Bracken. I am a former professional rugby player and now a full-time carer. I am an electric vehicle, clean transport and regenerative agriculture advocate. I link Sport, EVs and the Environment by interviewing high profile sports people in cool electric cars and talk all things environmental, using the power of sport to inspire people to go Green!
Check out my social media channels –
YouTube channel – (“PeterTrys_it”) : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGCprkjXgwtCB8cNvF29FBA
Hello, my name is Rachel Toal. I am a Climate Ambassador as I always believe change must come from a beginning and I began this journey as an Ambassador to one day be able to make our oceans and forests restored again through hard-work and dedication. I am working with my community to clean our local beaches and spread aware about the importance of our oceans.
My name is Alison and I am passionate about climate policy, particularly in the areas of climate justice, plastic pollution and waste management. My goal is to make the climate conversation as inclusive as possible to ensure the population are informed voters. I plan to do this through the dissemination of evidence-based climate research via the more accessible format of social media! I am excited to collaborate with like-minded people in the Climate Ambassador programme.
I'm Andrei Florian, I'm a second level student at St. Aidans CBS. I joined the climate ambassador program with the hopes of learning more about climate change and how I can have a positive impact on the environment; I also wanted to learn how to encourage others to do the same. I discovered an interest in tree planting and am working on using my skillet to devise creative tree planting initiatives in the local community.
Hi, my name is Brian Gray. I am a son, a brother, an uncle, a husband, a friend, but most importantly, a dad. I try to instil a respect for our planet in my children and those I engage with. At home we focus on 3P's; palm oil, plastics and making it personal. Understanding our personal impact is key to taking action. I've trained as a Climate Ambassador because every conversation is an opportunity to help someone understand that climate change is real, its now and we still have opportunity to do something about it. I volunteer with Clean Coasts along the Tolka Valley catchment and I want to grow interest and participation in helping maintain, restore and improve that ecosystem for all species to enjoy.
I'm Caroline and I grew up in Saudi Arabia with a keen interest in the world around me and doing anything outdoors! I'm passionate about biodiversity and spent a few years in Asia working in animal welfare and wildlife conservation. I’m interested in the connections between animals, people & environment and I run a blog called Animals and Us. I’m currently pursuing my MSc in Environmental Management with a focus on rewilding in Ireland. As a Climate Ambassador, I hope to raise awareness of climate and biodiversity issues so that we can all work together to make a change!
Hiya, I'm Criomhthann (pronounced "kree-vin"!) and I care about what's happening to the people and planet around us. I'm helping people get on-track to drive the change they care about, whether that's through influencing decision-making, building their own knowledge and skills, or using creative arts to better understand themselves and the worlds around us all. I’m excited to be part of the Climate Ambassador community and to learn and work with people with a shared vision for a fair and just present and future.
I’m Enzo Panetta! I live and study in Dublin, but I am French. I’ve been obsessed with the climate since middle school: 8-year-old me wrote a cheesy poem about the Earth and how humans were killing it tirelessly. This childhood passion has become more political and critical since then, yet it was challenging to organise in my French hometown. I’m interested in the value of the community level for climate action. I’m amazed to see Irish people’s sense of the community and how they mobilise it for the environment. I decided to join the programme to take part in the climate revolution with a vibrant and passionate community, to which I can contribute with my convictions and academic background.
My name is Heidi, I am a keen Environmentalist with an interest in sustainability, climate change and corporate social responsibility. I have an MSc in International Development Practice and am looking forward to putting this knowledge and experience to good use through the Climate Ambassador Programme. My aim is to be a part of the solution, and to inspire others to do the same.
My name is Helen(they/them) and I'm a Sustainable and Mechanical Engineer in DCU. I've always been interested in combating climate change and pollution. I hope to be able to take what I learn from being a Climate Ambassador into my studies and the engineering world.
My name is Helena Hughes and I am a climate ambassador because sustainability is critical to the future of civilization. I am keenly interested in how to bring communities together on their climate action journey. I am passionate about my work in the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and am excited to be involved with An Tasice's Climate Ambassador Programme! I'm a proud Kilkenny cat but currently based in Dublin.
Hello! My name is Louisa Moss. I'm 48 and I live in Cabra Dublin 7. I have been worried about Climate change since I was a teenager and it was part of the reason I became vegan at a young age. Currently involved in establishing local groups that around Climate Justice, protecting biodiversity, promoting plantbased diets and food security.
Hola! I am Mariana. I´m from Argentina and have lived and loved Ireland since 2019 when I came to study Sustainable Development. I am passionate about Sustainable Consumption and what we can do to change the unsustainable system that brings us to this point, especially the extractivist model that affect our wellbeing, especially in Latin America. I believe in community action, all of us working together to face the Climate Crisis. The Climate Ambassadors program gives me the tools to keep talking and attracting people to the cause.
I’m Mark George, from Dun Laoghaire. I have always been interested in nature, from watching David Attenborough on T.V., to attracting birds to our garden, and more recently participating in a Gardening for Biodiversity project – leading to a pond, wood pile, hedgehog home, and planting pollinator friendly plants and trees. However, since 2020 I have immersed myself in learning about a much wider range of environmental issues. I plan to use my time as a Climate Ambassador to find ways to reach far more people and inspire urgent Climate Action!
My name is Nathan and I'm an engineer, musician and climate activist. My interest in Climate Change started in 2020 when I picked a related module for my master's degree. The professor convinced me through his teachings that Climate Change is real and happening now. I was a member of Dublin Friends of the Earth, partaking in monthly meetings and taking Climate Action as a community (such as sending emails to local TDs). I hope that more politicians will partake in Climate Change discussions. As a Climate Ambassador, I plan to take actions and communications through presentations and personal choices.
My name is Niamh. I am a primary school teacher in Dublin. I’m interested in climate education, climate activism through art and sharing hopeful climate stories. I hope to improve my own understanding around climate issues and share it with my pupils and peers. I would also like to participate in school and community based projects.
My name is Rachel. I live in Dublin with my husband, three children and two cats. In 2018, I watched the Minimalism documentary on Netflix, and realised I had too much unimportant ‘stuff’. So, I set up my blog and Instagram account @rachelwithless to document my decluttering journey. After decluttering over 19 thousand items, I am now more conscious of climate change and the impact my over consumption was having on the planet. As a Climate Ambassador, I hope to meet others and work together with them in running green initiatives in my community.
Hi, my name is Rachel and I live in Co Dublin. I work in Visual and Social Media, which I'm hoping can be used to spread awareness for the incredible projects created by everyone here. I'm excited to be a Climate Ambassador as I think it is an amazing opportunity to learn more about the climate crisis and connect with like-minded people. I'm particularly encouraged by the focus on positivity in taking climate action and changing the mindset of individuals who are experiencing anxiety around environmental issues.
My name is Rachel Thornburgh. My hospitality background has given me a fascination with food and food waste. In 2014, I taught myself to sew and in 2020, I set up an eco business, Re-Jingled, reclaiming and upcycling textiles that are already in existence but no longer fit for purpose by diverting the fabric from landfill. I turn them into fun, pretty and new things. I hope to inspire and empower others through my knowledge of reuse and repair, and to collaborate with and learn from others through shared interests to have a greater impact with collective climate action goals.
[Bio for Rob Bourke]
As an architect and teacher, my aim is to initiate community projects that raise awareness and build resilience to the climate and biodiversity crisis. Both in my office and as a tutor at the UCD School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy, I am increasingly involved in socially and environmentally-focused projects. This is a growing area in which there is much to learn. Having been involved with Dublin Friends of the Earth and Irish Architects Declare, I co-founded the Act Now Collective in 2021. As volunteers from design, healthcare, media, nutrition, science and law, we aim to inspire climate action through knowledge-sharing, creativity and collaboration. Our website is a guide to low carbon living and provides resources on how to create a healthier, happier planet. As a Climate Ambassador, I now wish to build on these skills and interests and connect with like-minded thinkers and change-makers around Ireland.
Act Now Collective: https://actnowcollective.org/
My name is Ruby Moss. I am 14 years old and I live in Cabra Dublin 7. I think I was selected to be a Climate Ambassador because I have been vegan since I was 8 years old and because I produced a Climate Trilogy of songs last year. Part 1, Shades of Grey dealt with communicating the problems, Part 2, Stranded is about where we are and the obstacles ahead and, Part 3, We Can Change is about how we CAN change. Later in the year I plan to organise some musical events raising awareness about Climate Change and what we can do to adapt to our changing world.
My name is Sneha Changappa Vijaya and I am an MSc Digital Marketing student at UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. While pursuing my Master’s in Ireland, I happened to go on a month-long vacation to Sweden which is the torchbearer of climate change and sustainability. I insistently fell in love with the secondhand culture there and wanted to do my best to bring the same culture to Ireland as well. The climate ambassador programme lets you do just that by giving all the support required. I hope to advocate the climate change issue to as many people as possible and bring a positive change forward.
I’m Tallulah, and I am a marine scientist and activist from Dublin. I have been passionate about marine life and biodiversity conservation since I young, when I first went snorkelling in my mother’s hometown in the Tropics. I find inspiration in community and am involved with projects on lab sustainability, wildlife conservation and local grassroots groups. I hope to initiate more accessible climate conversations that are less passive and negative, into empowering and hopeful discussions on how we can collectively work to address climate change. I look forward to using this opportunity as a Climate Ambassador to create positive change!
I am Yumeng Zhou from China, currently studying Marketing at UCD Smurfit. Inspired by my French professor Christine during my undergraduate, I am passionate about nature, animal rights and slow fashion. I have worked in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) institutions, NGOs and organic farms. As a Climate Ambassador, I hope to learn more about climate science & solutions, raise awareness and connect with like-minded people. Guided by 5Rs in waste management, I believe every little bit makes a difference. Check out my zero waste blog on IG @viesansdechet and let’s connect on linkedin.com/in/yumeng-zhou-a18b60201.
I’m a 43 year old mum from Dublin, who wants to give her girls back their future. I am also a factual entertainment TV producer. I believe that television can play an important role in communicating environmental issues and be part of the solution to climate change. I am on a mission to increase the importance of our planet in our programming, while helping viewers make a positive transition to a sustainable future. As a Climate Ambassador, I hope to do this by educating myself, by meeting like minded people and by creating engaging climate content that informs and normalises sustainable behaviours.
I grew up in a Dublin neighborhood with large gardens and my family was always interested in nature. As I grew older I developed an interest in conservation. When I lived in the U.S. I joined the Sierra Club and reading their newsletters raised my awareness of climate change. I eventually got heavily involved in a grassroots climate action group there (SanDiego350). On return to live in Ireland, I was determined to stay involved. I have taken a flight-free pledge, participate in Fridays For Future, eschew meat/dairy, volunteer with Not Here Not Anywhere and enjoy repairing/upcycling.
My name is Cliona and I’m currently studying for a Master’s in Climate Change in DCU. My motivation in being a climate activist is to create a better world for my daughters and granddaughter, and for all future generations. I see climate action as a big societal issue and I’m passionate about encouraging people to participate and engage in policy around climate action. I’m a Secretariat member of Kildare Public Participation Network and I’ve also set up a climate action group in my home town. I write about sustainability and climate on my blog, www.puritybelle.com.
My name is Sadhbh O’Sullivan and I am a songwriter and community musician based in Kildare. Nature has always been a best friend to me, and since I was a child I have loved writing poetry and songs about the natural world. It is my belief that the arts have the power to change hearts and minds, and to inspire a sense of active hope. I hope to utilise what I learn during my time as a Climate Ambassador to encourage conversation and positive action in my community and beyond.
My name is Fionn. Having struggled with eco-anxiety for years, I became a Climate Ambassador to learn, within a structured group of friendly, like-minded people, how I could make a positive difference in my community. As a student of media sociology, my primary area of interest is how we talk about the climate crisis and solutions to it. Earlier this year, I completed an undergraduate thesis exploring effective strategies for climate communication. As a Climate Ambassador, I hope to share and implement these findings through a combination of online blogs and in-person workshops.
My name is Katie. Currently, I am a third year law student in Dublin City University. I have always been passionate about promoting awareness of climate change. Seeing the effects of climate change in my local area with regard to marine life motivated me to take action and become a climate ambassador. My hopes for the future are to take action in my local area in relation to organising beach cleans and to take action to promote climate awareness from a legal perspective.
I am Mahmood Abdulrasheed. I'm a climate ambassador because seeing the devastation that the climate crisis causes all over the world is so incredibly disheartening and I know I can't stay on the sides. I want to do my part to make the world a better place. I'm working on a climate action designed around making a website to educate people on small things they can do and the impacts those things can have. I hope to come out of this better educated about the climate crisis and better prepared to help others understand it.
My name is Alba Mullen. I am a sustainable fashion advocate, a climate activist and now (I am proud to say) a Climate Ambassador because I believe in the power of collective action! Climate change is a global issue and big corporations and governments have a huge role to play, but I firmly believe that by giving the power back to the people we can tackle this crisis more effectively, quickly and fairly. Sustainable fashion is an amazing example of demand affecting supply (I'm an economist, I couldn't not) and demonstrates the power of individuals when they collaborate and work together. This year I want to help people realise the ability that their small actions have to affect change, and inspire people to play an active role in protecting our future.
Hello! My name is Hazel and I am a final year student in DCU studying BSc in Marketing, Innovation and Technology. I am interested in studying for a master's in sustainability and am very excited to be a Climate Ambassador! I'm currently based in Meath and have had a love for nature and the outdoors since I was a child. When studying marketing, I was shocked at the hyperconsumerism that exists in business and in our society and I really want to move towards a more circular economy for the benefit of our world.
James Lowry, Climate ambassador 2022. Green flag school coordinator and special needs educator. Adam’s dad. Very interested in food and regenerative farming and the countless climate solutions we can find there. Enjoying meaningful climate conversations with friends, family and colleagues. Looking for positive and practical solutions and inspiring stories.
Climate Ambassador – Norman Delanty. My name is Norman Delanty. I am a consultant neurologist and professor at Beaumont Hospital and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Solutions to climate change and biodiversity loss are at many levels: top down (policy), bottom up (individual actions), and many levels in between (institutional, organisational, commercial). I want to play my small part in making necessary changes. I am a member of the Climate Change Task Force of the international League against Epilepsy. A number of my close family are also directly involved, e.g., my brother Greg Delanty, a poet based in Vermont has recently published a book of poems on climate change entitled “No More Time”.
Hi, my name is Sinead, I’m 22 years old and currently studying law in university. I became interested in environmentalism when I was 18 when I started to consume media about climate change and the negative effects it was having on our planet. It is my hope that as a climate ambassador, I can use my background in legal studies to highlight and assist in the understanding of Ireland’s current climate mitigation policies, as often they are communicated through inaccessible and complex language. In addition to this, I have been vegan for the past two years and really passionate about informing others of the benefits of eating a plant-based diet for the environment and also empowering others to reject speciesism. I believe that we have a responsibility to take care of our planet because it is not just our home, but also home to trillions of other organisms.
My name is Amy and I am interested in sustainability and finding ways to help our environment. I have an interest in the education of sustainable development and designs to create energy de-carbonisation processes. I hope to help address climate change, reduce pollution and overall build a cleaner and more sustainable world through my local community and more. I aim to spread environmental awareness through improving the scientific communication and highlighting sustainable alternatives in our daily lives.
New beginnings are the fruit of ardent adventurers. - My parents, Patricia and Lindsay.
Hi! My name is Rebecca. I am currently completing my undergraduate degree in Law at DCU. Results-orientated, ambitious, and diligent, these are just a few words to describe myself. These are also the same words I exploit when it comes to climate activism. I am passionate about creating changes and exploring how those changes can yield results, but I always struggled with beginning something new. Nonetheless, I chose the quote above because it aided me to explain my journey to climate activism.
Although I took this quote from my parents out of context ( which was from a childhood adventure story and poem), nevertheless, this quote has inspired me at a young age to take up recycling, planting wildflowers, and growing my own fruit, although these activities were quite alien to my family, I continued to embark on these activities in order to create my own little yet new beginnings on combatting climate change from my home.
Having been always in a state of flux on where I stand with climate activism, now I have been grounded. Galvanised by a project titled ‘Youth for Climate Justice’ hosted by the Voluntary Service International, (which were my very first big steps in my climate activism journey), I learnt that the words, climate change, are not just words on paper, it encompasses climate activism and climate justice. It is an act, a movement, and a growing revolution, that I plan to stand by.
I am very much fond of aiding both people and the environment and thus I plan on merging my law degree with climate activism to understand the legal constraints and juxtapose that view with society to improve awareness. My goal as a climate ambassador is to continue on the loving community that is climate activism and hopefully allow the space to encourage others around me to start their own new beginning in climate activism - however small that step may be!
I'm Krysten Maier, the Education Manager at Seal Rescue Ireland. As an organisation we plant trees and education the public on environmental issues including Climate Change. I became a Climate Ambassador to hopefully make an even bigger impact on behavioural change with the people we come into contact with to help create a greener future for the planet.
I am Adam O'Rua, I am a PhD researcher in Machine Learning applied within Environmental Sciences and a music-maker and dancer. I am currently pursuing research looking at modelling "how the Earth breathes", hoping to go to Brazil to study the effects of deforestation and restoration on water exchange. I've lent my dance abilities to the Extinction Rebellion protests over the years and hoping to inspire action and positive change as well as bringing people together through my music as I grow as an artivist.
I am an environmental toxicologist who moved from the US to Ireland in 2016. I focused on homeschooling during the pandemic which consisted of daily hikes in our local area. I'd like to combine my training and my love of nature to educate the Bray community through sharing my knowledge as a scientist and a nature enthusiast. I've also been inspired by my 12-year-old daughter to destigmatize women's health and promote easy and sustainable health practices. I hope to kick-start workshops on both women's health and local nature identification walks with a Leave No Trace ethos as the topic of my climate actions upcoming.
Amy O’Brien is a 16 year old climate justice activist who uses she/her pronouns and lives in Cork. She is the host of the Sustainable Sleepover Club podcast and the National Executive (representative) of Cork County Comhairle na nOg (her local youth county council). She is involved in Youth Advisory Panels (YAPs) with the Ombudsman for Children’s Office and is a youth writer with Spunout, Ireland’s Youth Information Website. Amy is an organizer with Fridays for Future locally, nationally and internationally and is an activist with Youth Against Racism and Inequality. She is also involved in much more and in her own words, is constantly learning and hopes to continue trying to understand climate justice!
My name is Ciaran. I love everything nature related and enjoy hiking, swimming, surfing and photography. I come from a design and marketing background and more recently I completed a higher diploma in Sustainability in Enterprise. I am using my design and marketing skills to communicate the importance of 'rewilding' and environmental conservation at a local and national level. As a designer, I believe that many of the products, processes and engineering solutions that have been developed over the past 50-100 years have created an environmentally damaging culture of dependency. I am very interested in the notion of 'presencing' being introduced into the process of design and decision making so that institutions, governments and businesses can mindfully make decisions that benefit the planet and rebalance its ecosystem.
Hi! I’m David. I studied Environmental Science in UCC. I am passionate about climate stewardship and communications. From my studies I can see that so much positive work is taking place. However, I feel that information is not sufficiently communicated to the public, especially young people, who have an important role to play in bringing change about! I hope to change this by making topics easier to understand using graphics and accessible language. I think improving peoples relationships with nature by having positive experiences is another great way of encouraging people to care about climate issues. This is something I aim to achieve in my work as a kayaking instructor.
Hi, my name is Maria-P Byrne I am originally from Kildare but living in Cork. Climate change is a topic that I have always been passionate about, as a child I always had a keen natural affinity and was drawn to the environment especially water and ecotone areas such as the coast rock pools and tidal zones. This led me to study a BSc in Applied freshwater and marine biology. I then went on to get my MSc in Analytical chemistry, which allowed me to gain knowledge and techniques that can be used to monitor environmental pollution. I am currently a PhD candidate and my research focus is on reducing greenhouse gases from fertilizers as well as preventing Agri chemicals from becoming residual environmental contaminates. I am very excited to be working with the climate ambassador program I hope to engage the public and work with my local community to inspire a positive change in the fight against climate change.
I’m Niamh Power a Civil & Environmental Engineer and I lecturer in MTU. I am passionate about promoting a sustainable future for everyone. I have a specific interest in sustainable development, circular economy, waste management and sustainable agriculture. I am also a nature lover with a keen interest in biodiversity. This is why I often do litter-picks and beach clean-ups in my own area. I have my own veggie patch (but I let the caterpillars eat the cabbage) and a separate area for my rescue hens. I hope that by being a climate ambassador I can encourage others to take action.
Hi I’m Sarah, based in East Cork. I am passionate about sustainability and food waste. I signed up for the Climate Ambassador programme to become more informed about climate change as a whole and learn how to pass that information onto others. I’d like to get involved in community education and conservation.
My name is Amy and I'm from Limerick. I hold a B.Sc. in Biotechnology and Bioanalysis from LIT where I studied Environmental Science as one of my subjects. I have always been passionate about nature, but especially so since I moved to the countryside. I joined the Climate Ambassador program to raise environmental awareness, showcase our Country's beauty through my photography, and to educate the community on ways we can incorporate small day-to-day changes in our lives to help combat climate change.
My name is Rosangela Condori Chavez; I am a first-year international student (from Peru) in B.Eng. (Hons Degree) Renewable and Electrical Energy Engineering at the Technological University of the Shannon (TUS) in Limerick, Ireland. I became a Climate Ambassador because I want to take action regarding Climate Change by promoting a more sustainable lifestyle, reducing our energy usage, and encouraging clean energy sources. I strongly believe people can make a change; make better choices regarding our environment and surroundings.
My name is Ailbhe Gerrard, I'm a farmer in Tipperary. I'm a climate ambassador in agriculture, and have worked for over a decade in regenerative and climate friendly farming practices. This summer I'm hosting Field Exchange on Brookfield Farm - https://www.brookfield.farm/pages/about-field-exchange. Field Exchange is where relationships between agriculture and creativity are examined and invigorated to combat climate change. Field Exchange is a space and opportunity for farmers, artists, food producers, experts and the interested public to gather and work out how to face the current challenges for agriculture, climate and creativity together. The Exchanges will generate energy, community visions and solutions. Everyone participating is welcome to contribute and exchange. The full Exchange programme includes 12 topics - from designing a low input farm for the future, with natural fertility; to supporting creative agriculture in changing the food system, helping consumers and food producers reach each other. Each Exchange will feature 30 participants, facilitated by NOTS (National Organic Training Skillnet), who are highly skilled in running energetic, insightful and impactful events with a network of experts.
Hello! I'm Jenny Brewer from the beautiful county of Tipperary. I have always been passionate about the environment and our connection to nature. It wasn't until I watched 'A Plastic Ocean' a few years ago that the massive issue of plastic waste hit home. I made a huge effort to reduce the amount of plastic coming into our home but I realised very quickly that food packaging was a major stumbling block. I searched for the nearest zero waste shops but they were in Dublin or Cork at the time so I decided I would open one! My business is called Zero Waste Market Place and it is an organic, refill store in Clonmel. I applied to the Climate Ambassador programme to increase my knowledge of the climate crisis and to furnish myself with the necessary skills to educate and inspire change. I plan on delivering talks in secondary schools on the subject of fast fashion and the impact of a meat free diet on the planet to begin with, with lots more to come. My daughter has been selected to be on her Green Schools committee & we look forward to working on projects together throughout the year where we will focus on biodiversity, wildflowers for pollinators and the importance of our boglands.
My name is Louis Ryan and I am a TY student from Tipperary! I’m interested in climate science in particular and hope to study something in that area in college. I am a member of Fridays For Future! I plan to inaugurate a beach cleanup initiative this year where I hope to clean 100 beaches all around Ireland, this is inspired by 4Ocean! I became interested about climate change when watching ‘Growing Up At The End Of The World’ back in 2019 on RTÉ, which is still on the ‘RTÉ Player’, and now I’m a climate ambassador!
My name is Sinéad. I have always been interested in nature and the environment. I have been the Green schools co-ordinator in primary schools for more than 10 years. I love passing on this passion for our natural world to the kids I teach. I am hoping to plant native Irish trees and get involved in a bog project this year, as well as using the Climate Ambassador material and info to start climate conversations in my daily life!
I’m Elaine, mother, general outdoor activities enthusiast, and lecturer in public Health and Health Promotion in Waterford.
I’ve been watching wildlife and natural history programmes since I was a child and I’ve had a subscription to National Geographic magazine for the past 25 years. During this time the climate has warmed significantly, plastic pollution has soared, biodiversity has decreased, and local authority planners have continued to ensure car dependent living. This is not the world I want to leave to my sons.
Twelve years ago I devised a module in environment and health for our students, to teach them about climate change, food production, transport, waste and pollution, and biodiversity loss, and how these affect health - a topic not normally covered in such courses.
Four years ago I started doing a regular, monthly, environmental education slot on Waterford local radio on Saturday mornings, covering everything from bees and butterflies, through plastic waste and weird weather, to the science of climate change, and fast fashion.
Last September I also cut back on my hours as a lecturer to take on a post as an Active Cities officer in Waterford to focus on making systems and environmental changes to make it easier to walk and cycle for transport and recreation.
I also sit on various environment related committees, and I see a lot of green washing and complacency, and good environmental policy not implemented. So I’m inspired by those who take the risk in their job, to do the right thing for our environment, even though it might not be the popular thing. I’m delighted to see environmental issues become increasingly more mainstream, and environmental awareness and action increasingly expected of our politicians.
My name is Matthew and I’m interested in sustainability. I’m a part of the Irish Schools Sustainability Network and a sustainability committee in my secondary school. I help run a climate café and I hope to teach and influence more people how to run one through the climate ambassador program. I have been involved with a tree planting initiative and a climate video workshop apart with Oxford University.
My name is Aoife, I'm from Donegal and I have been interested in climate issues since I was young. Inspired by the love my parents have for the environment and nature, I applied this passion for nature into my studies, having a BSc in Botany and an MSc in Ecology and Conservation. I now work with Queen's University, researching how climate change will threaten Southern Ocean marine invertebrates. I hope to communicate the importance of our oceans as a Climate Ambassador, while also planning to get involved with projects to enhance and protect biodiversity in my community. I want to share ideas and learn from like-minded people to promote various ways in which we can help tackle the climate crisis.
Hi I'm Finn van der Aar. I'm a marine biologist, writer & speaker and run the IG account @saltwaterstories.me where I share climate science, sustainable living ideas and plant based recipes. I share my marine work when I'm at sea or in port and love chatting about sustainable fashion!
My name is Sally Friel Lawrence and I come from Inishowen Co Donegal, I am a very proud member of both the Mill River Conservation Group Buncrana and the Inishowen River's Trust, I am interested in further training in citizen science programs e.g kick sampling and testing for pollutants, I am very impressed with some of the projects I have been involved in e.g invasive species removal and management, erosion control measures using nature based solutions, I am planning a project for this year in the Mill River Conservation Group that will be weir removal to leave fish easement for salmon and trout and bank erosion control measures using nature based solutions, willow spiling and back fill of forest brash to build back and have a good strong biodiversity heaven along the river bank for fish coverage and leaving nice spanning ground, our groups have been planting trees for the past few years and we lot's of visiting birds and bees and not forgetting George the hedgehog 🦔.