Meet Our Climate Ambassadors

Amy

CAVAN

My name is Amy and I'm interested in sustainability. As a Cavan woman, I believe by addressing climate change, we can help save the planet, but there are ways we can also save money. I hope to help reduce pollution, address climate change, and build a cleaner, healthier, more sustainable world.

Beineán

CLARE

My name is Beineán. I am passionate about promoting a sustainable future for all. I am interested in education for sustainable development, sustainable design and circular design. I am currently a PhD candidate in the University of Limerick funded through the Irish Research Council and Environmental Protection Agency. My PhD research investigates education for sustainable development in post-primary design subjects seeking to utilise their untapped potential. Outside of my research, I am a nature lover. I enjoy anything water related from sailing in Lough Derg to surfing in West Clare. I am also a keen grower with a veggie patch!

Carsten

CLARE

I am a photographer, author and naturalist based in County Clare. My “day job” over the past 20 years was mainly in the tourism sector but I have been working on natural history and nature conservation projects throughout this time as well. In 2019 I launched Ireland’s Nature Stories (www.irelandsnaturestories.com) and I am currently working on a number of conservation and biodiversity related projects. For me climate change is just one of several, intertwined problems humankind has created and I believe if we want to make a change we have to tackle all of them simultaneously, starting by raising awareness.

Leanne

CLARE

My name is Leanne, I’m 23 and I’m from Clare. I hold a BSc in Plant and AgriBiosciences from NUIG where I gained a lot of knowledge on the climate crisis. I currently work as a research scientist, researching carbon negative technologies. My goal as a climate ambassador is to spread environmental awareness, improve science communication and highlight alternative, sustainable options in our day-to-day lives.

Áine

CORK

Hi! My name is Áine McLaughlin, and I am a Transition Year Student in Coachford College. I’ve always been passionate about protecting the environment, however it wasn't until a couple years ago, when I was almost overwhelmed by the urgency of the situation that I began to feel inspired into becoming more active in the movement, and more recently I became involved with Fridays For Future Cork. As a Climate Ambassador, I hope to continue to have these conversations, both in my school and local community, and I truly believe that the change we need is possible!

Carmel

CORK

My name is Carmel. I've worked in a multinational for a decade, but these days I run Show Me Science - science clubs for kids, and facilitate workshops for the wonderful SFI. I'm a mum of two, Tara(7) and Fionn(5). These two will be junior Climate Ambassadors! I've joined the Climate Ambassador Programme to learn as much as I can about climate change, how we need to change, and which changes are most impactful.

Peter

CORK

I am Peter Lucey, from West Cork. I am interested in land use and agriculture. I am involved with the coalition group “One Future”, which campaigns for faster and fairer climate action, by contacting our local TDs. I would like to learn to be a much better *communicator of environmental problems. I hope to dedicate my life to tackling the biodiversity and climate crises, as they are the greatest challenges the world now faces. I hope that all of Irish society proudly and honourably takes up these challenges head-on.

Sophie

CORK

I’m Sophie, an Applied Plant Biology student in UCC with a youth work and volunteer background. Being a Climate Ambassador, especially alongside so many other talented and engaged ambassadors is such an opportunity! I’m centering my time on this programme around bog protection, biodiversity initiatives and bringing my experience working on disinformation awareness campaigns to communicating climate science in a responsible and hopeful way. Making slow fashion more accessible and raising awareness of how fast fashion brands mistreat workers is another priority. I’m also an action panel member of SpunOut.ie and run a sustainable fashion page on Instagram @Sustainable_Style_Hub_Ireland.

Theresa

CORK

My name is Theresa Rose Sebastian and I am a climate & social justice activist. My work for climate justice began after facing floods at my home in India. The lack of awareness and media ignorance frustrated me. I knew I had to do something. I am a Climate Ambassador because I strongly believe that resilient and empowered communities are the way forward for climate justice. My work revolves around education, empowerment of young people and women, and systemic reform. I hope that my work both as a Climate Ambassador and afterward ensures a sustainable and justice-oriented future for all.

David

DONEGAL

My name is David. I'm interested in climate adaption and mitigation solutions through personal actions (plant based diet, low packaging, shared transports etc) and through systematic change (businesses, government policies, green infrastructure etc). I am a strong believer in a solutions led approach which highlights the benefits of positive action, framing it as a positive investment and not a cost. I am the operator of Returnr Ireland, an environmental initiative which aims to eliminate single use food and beverage packaging through equivalent reuse systems. I'm delighted to be part of the Climate Ambassador program and think that working together we can have a larger positive impact!

Nina

DONEGAL

My name is Nina, I am a visual artist living in Donegal. Currently I am a student at the IT Sligo and communications officer for the Green Campus committee. I am very passionate about the ocean and committed to create awareness around the relationship between human and ocean health. My climate actions include artistic projects where I engage others to create visual awareness of the need to care for our environment. For example, we draped 'The 'Salmon of Knowledge' sculpture at IT Sligo in a cloak of plastic waste on the international day for Global Strike for Climate.

Aine

DUBLIN

Hi! I’m Aine. I finished my undergrad in Law and History last year and I’m now working with VSI, the Irish branch of Service Civil International, a worldwide peace movement. I’m interested in working in global justice education and realise that addressing the climate crisis is an essential part of addressing poverty, conflict, forced migration and inequality. Last year, I participated in an online project ‘Wikipedia for Peace: Climate Justice’ and discussed climate issues with people from all around the world. The project inspired me to act beyond individual lifestyle changes and I’m excited to be part of a more collective action with the Climate Ambassador Programme.

Brooke

DUBLIN

Hi, my name is Brooke! I'm a student climate activist from Dublin and a member of Fridays for Future. I am passionate about exploring the link between Climate Action and Social Justice and I believe a holistic, education is a key part of helping to mitigate the Climate Crisis. I am a Climate Ambassador because I want to educate myself further with valuable information and the hear stories of others to help me become a better activist.

Ceara

DUBLIN

I'm Ceara, I’m 27 year old actor based in Dublin. After going vegan ‘for the animals’ in 2016, documentaries like Cowspiracy opened my eyes to the environmental crisis. I set up a podcast on eco-friendly living called Book of Leaves before becoming an organiser with Extinction Rebellion and Animal Rebellion to call on people in power to do more. With the Climate Ambassador programme, I look forward to planning biodiversity actions and learning more about the planet so that I can incorporate this information into future acting projects, and equip myself with the tools to give climate communication talks.

Ciara

DUBLIN

My name is Ciara. I’m a surfer, climber, and swimmer from Dublin. I became interested in climate crisis solutions when I learned how to surf. I care about the ocean. I want to learn more about how to help the ocean breathe. I care about clean water and a plastic free ocean for those that inhabit it and for us to play and work in. Currently I do my best to live with as little plastic as I can. I’m excited for the coming year to learn other solutions and meet other ambassadors.

Eglė

DUBLIN

My name is Eglė which means 'fir tree' in Lithuanian, my native language. My professional background is theatre, music & hospitality management and I am hoping to pursue a Master's degree in Gender Studies upcoming September. My interests lie in the intersection of feminism, sustainability, social justice and art. I am truly passionate about everyday individual actions when it comes to sustainability. During this training I've been promoting 'the power of one' - leading by example whilst being a mindful consumer, family member and citizen! For me that means doing solo - clean ups by my local river, patiently teaching my roommates to recycle, talking about food waste to my family and so much more!

Fodhla

DUBLIN

My name is Fodhla and I am currently studying MSc Climate Change: Policy, Media and Society in DCU. I am particularly interested in environmental ethics, climate change education, environmental communications and climate justice. As a communications graduate, I am hoping to create as many innovative and unique communications as part of my Climate Ambassador role to create awareness around the areas I am interested in!

Isabel

DUBLIN

My name is Isabel Jorgensen. I'm interested in water and food security and, of course, how climate impacts both. I was a climate ambassador in 2018 and my aims have remained the same: to make the topic accessible and engaging and to inspire action.

John

DUBLIN

My name is John Kiberd. If I'm known for anything it is my work with the Tallaght Litter Mugs. My latest is passion is to plant forests. I call them Stepping Stone forests that will encourage wildlife and improve biodiversity in urban environments.

Jorge

DUBLIN

Hi! I’m Jorge! I have had the opportunity to live and work in many countries. I arrived to Ireland in Q3 2020 so I’m relatively new here! Currently, I work in the technology sector. I decided to be a Climate Ambassador in order to have a higher impact on others and not only those close to me. Climate change issue need this! As of now, I’m brainstorming ideas and also keeping an eye on projects I could join in. I'm looking forward to using technology to create awareness on others about the Climate change issue and its solutions.

Lisa

DUBLIN

Lisa Quinn O’Flaherty. I am a tri-qualified solicitor, with a passion for active citizenship. I regularly publish articles on legal topics and environmental issues, and I promote green working practices in the legal professions. I was appointed a Climate Ambassador with An Taisce in 2019 and regularly give talks on legal and green issues. My main message to people is that small steps are important in making lifestyle changes. We can all make a difference by buying less, by choosing sustainable products or by making small changes to our practices.

Maree

DUBLIN

My name is Maree and I’m a Senior Client Manager and Sustainability Strategist with Walsh:PR, a PR agency working within food, health, sustainability and NGOs. Part of my role is helping businesses to communicate their commitment to the environment. I’m hoping that the Climate Ambassador programme will teach me more about climate solutions and how to incorporate them in both my professional and personal lives. Over the past few years, I’ve been making small lifestyle changes including eating a more plant-based diet, supporting local businesses and reducing my consumption. As a mum-to-be, I want to take an active role in creating a better environment for my family and all future generations.

MJ

DUBLIN

Dia dhaoibh! 👋🇮🇪 My name is Michael Jordan and I’m a grassroots climate activist from Dublin, Ireland.

 I became a Climate Ambassador to make meaningful change. Now is the time to address the growing Climate Crisis and listen to those most impacted today. I spent the last 2+ years committed to grassroots action, having worked with Greenpeace International, Extinction Rebellion, Digital Rebellion, Fridays For Future Digital, Scouting Ireland, ... I’m honoured to become a Climate Ambassador with An Taisce and plan to use this opportunity for creating meaningful change at local level. Le gra is dea-ghuí, MJ 
 🌐 michjord0001.digital ✨

Monika

DUBLIN

Hi there! My name is Monika Martinso. My education says - Communications, Media and Marketing and my heart says - use that knowledge to speak about what really matters, so I am here to learn to see clearer, hear better and understand other perspectives to take action and make the world a better place. I hope to hold as many uncomfortable conversations as I can - both online and offline, be brave and inspire others with showing an example of how to eat, what to buy and what not, and how to take other small steps to leave as small of a carbon footprint behind ourselves, as we can. Let's connect on IG @monikamartinso and linkedin.com/in/monikamartinso

Paschal

DUBLIN

Hello everyone! My name is Paschal O'Connor and I'm a biological scientist currently undertaking a post in Design and Sustainability innovation. I'm working on an environmental initiative with Dublin city council right now but hope to get involved in many more.

Rachel

DUBLIN

My name is Rachel. I'm a secondary school student from Dublin. I have always been an active member of the school community, spreading awareness on mental, societal, and environmental issues. Recently I've become progressively more interested in climate in particular. I hope to apply some of the fun, creative ways I've helped campaign these issues to climate change. I aim to help eliminate some of the fear surrounding climate change. I want to change the tone of discussion from doom and gloom to something fun and empowering that we're eager to discuss. I hope to morph this subject into something that incites creativity, excitement, and mobility. I believe we have a beautiful planet and should protect it. Everyone can make a difference. I'm anxious to use this opportunity to create some change and find fun, innovative, and creative ways to preserve the environment.

Rachel

DUBLIN

My name is Rachel Loughrey. I am interested in spreading awareness about climate change through community led actions and education. I have a background in construction and I am very passionate about spreading awareness of the harm the construction industry causes to the environment amongst also spreading general awareness about climate change. Through this program, I hope to spread as much awareness as I can by creating community led actions such as the Eco Book Club, that I run with my best friend and the former climate ambassador Emilia and by starting other climate change awareness initiatives. We are nature and we need nature to survive. By not taking action to protect the planet, we are destroying ourselves. Protecting mother earth is the most important action we all must take right now.

Róisín

DUBLIN

Hi, I’m Róisín from Dublin! I’ve always been interested in the environment as I live by the sea and spend a lot of time on the beach and sea swimming. I’m currently studying media and communications. Studying advertising in college really made me think about my consumption habits and how I could implement sustainable changes in my own life. I realise that an unsustainable economic system makes sustainable living very inaccessible and that systematic change is needed. I’d love to use my interest in the media to create a more sustainable future and to have a positive impact on the environment!

Sadhbh

DUBLIN

My name is Sadhbh McCarrick, and I’m from Dublin. At the moment, I’m studying for an MSc in Development Practice at Trinity College Dublin. I’m particularly interested in the areas of sustainable consumption and production, as well as land management. During my undergraduate degree in Environmental Biology at University College Dublin, I completed the first comprehensive investigation of Irish saltmarsh carbon stocks and was also fortunate enough to carry out fieldwork in a Costa Rican rainforest.When I’m not fighting for the planet, I enjoy singing and running, as well as working as a director on the board of an Irish Charity named the Kenyan Child Foundation. I look forward to highlighting issues of climate change: development, justice and science as part of the Climate Ambassador Programme and beyond!

Samuel

DUBLIN

Samuel Quinn O'Flaherty. I live in Dublin and care about solving environmental problems. I was a delegate at the Youth Assembly on Climate, and made recommendations to the government after debating and sitting in the Oireachtas. I was runner up in ethics at the Irish Young Philosopher Awards 2019, and presented my project entitled 'Is it ethical to support companies that harm the environment?’ to President Higgins. I am the creator of the award-winning Scratch game, PlanetSavers. As a Climate Ambassador, I will encourage others to get excited about solving the climate crisis.

Sangha

DUBLIN

Hello, my name is Sangha. I am passionate about everything related to sustainability and am guilty of starting random conversations about our environment, the climate and the SDGs when least expected. I am also a climate reality leader, a student researcher working in the space of energy, technology and society, and a social influencer involved in a couple of social media movements that aim to educate and inspire climate action. I hope to meet like-minded people through the climate ambassador network and learn more about science communication and hear stories of activism from other folks actively engaged in this space.

Sarah

DUBLIN

I'm Sarah and I'm a UX and Transition Designer, busy researching today’s complex challenges and the opportunities they create for building inclusive, resilient and sustainable futures. I have a strong belief in the power of imagination and a particular interest in providing universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces. As Climate Ambassador I hope to build a community of like minded people and contribute my energy, ambition and capacity to help accelerate Ireland’s path towards a sustainable country in ways that are equitable and in solidarity with the global community.

Stephen

DUBLIN

Stephen Cunningham. I became a climate activist as a result of the school strike of Greta Thunberg. Because of her actions, I began to read and learn about climate change and biodiversity. These crises are already having devastating impacts on communities around the world and will have more serious consequences in the future. I believe we need more conversations and engagement in society on these topics. Engagement is needed with politicians, business leaders, students and all other community members. We know the solutions, we now need an informed and cooperative spirit to implement the solutions.

Esther

DUBLIN

Hola to all souls from near & far, Driven by an intrinsic sense for climate justice and human rights, I intend to initiate and foster action that aims at a fair distribution of the burdens and benefits of climate change. As a student of the global MDP, European Chair of the SAAC, board member of Trinity’s Global Development Society, and the Green Committee, my main activities involve raising awareness about the wider implications of climate change, connecting sustainable minds, critically engaging with the political economy of the food and carbon industry, building sustainable & plant-based hubs, & encouraging mutual learning.

Conor

GALWAY

Hi my name is Conor. I applied to become a Climate Ambassador because I care about the well-being of future generations. Currently, I am working with an environmental research company in Germany trying create an assessment matrix for achieving net-zero emissions in Germany by 2050. Concurrently, I am studying an MSc in Global Change: Ecosystem Science and Policy at UCD and Giessen University.

Hannah

GALWAY

Hello! My name is Hannah and I am a PhD student at NUI Galway. I am currently in my second year serving as president of the Renewable Energy Society on campus. We focus on promoting energy awareness, encouraging & facilitating green practices amongst students & staff, and putting on green energy initiatives on campus & in our city. I hope to learn skills to help increase the reach & impact of our work, & to team up with like-minded people in the CA program so we can increase the overall impact of our projects.

Marc

GALWAY

My name is Marc, I'm interested in combatting climate change by promoting the use of renewable energy! I am studying energy and renewable energies in college. I plan to spread the word about the negative effects that climate change is having on our lives and how we can combat it as a community. I also plan to get my local community involved in a range of events such as clean ups and tree planting and show the advantages of getting our energy from renewable sources.

Orla

GALWAY

Hello! My name is Orla and I am studying physics at NUIG. I have been a Girl Guide leader for many years now. With them, I have designed many environmental programs for children and young people. As a Climate Ambassador, I hope to bring these ideas and programs to more people. I plan to run workshops about fast fashion, reducing waste and much more. I am passionate about every aspect of environmentalism, so I will try to cover as much as possible. Check out my Instagram to see what I'm up to! @000rla

Rachel

GALWAY

My name is Rachel Dowling, I am a final year Zoology student at NUI Galway with particular interest in woodland ecology. Having grown up alongside plantation forests, I have developed a passion to learn more about the future prospects of Irish forestry. As well as a climate ambassador, I am also an Animal Ambassador at NUIG. We are a society made up of enthusiastic students aiming to educate fellow students and the public about the importance of biodiversity locally, regionally, and globally.

Aoife

KILKENNY

My name is Aoife Anderson and I am a Youth Film Practitioner from Kilkenny, based in county Dublin. I have an interdisciplinary set of skills, working within film, theatre and well-being policy development. In February 2020, I received an Artist in Residency in Maynooth University, delivering youth film workshops for Youth and Community Work students. I am committed to exploring the environment and climate emergency with empathy and compassion in all the work that I do. I believe storytelling is a vehicle for change. My mission is to develop a toolkit in engaging with climate anxiety and empowering young people.

Bernadette

KILKENNY

I'm Bernadette, living in Kilkenny, married to Frank and we have a daughter aged 2. I've always loved nature, I studied science and I’ve a job which enables me to reach out to the community to educate them on how to live sustainably. I'm delighted to be a Climate Ambassador as it gives me a new outlook on how to reach people and is providing me with ideas on how to communicate climate change effectively to make people realize that they have the power to make changes, as collectively small changes can reap huge rewards.

Lucy

KILKENNY

My name is Lucy Glendinning. I live in Kilkenny with my family, our dog, our cat and our two rescue hens. Inspired by my dad, I have always been interested in environmental issues. In the late 70s, when I was 12, he helped me with a school project on water pollution; then there were about 500 clean & safe fresh-water places in Ireland; today there are 20. I eat a plant based diet & grow many of my own vegetables. As a member of various environmental & animal rights campaign groups , I look forward to learning and sharing ideas within the Climate Ambassador Programme.

Billie

LAOIS

My name is Billie Constantinou and I am a TY student in Scoil Chroist Ri, Portlaoise. I got involved in the climate ambassador programme after much research on climate change and it’s affects on our planet and our future. I am a firm believer that little changes can lead to big ones and through this programme, I hope to inspire others to get involved in the fight against climate change because it is such a prevalent issue in the world today.

Joey

LAOIS

Hi, my name is Joey Kennedy, I am 16 years old and I am a Climate action enthusiast. I have always been angered by how people choose not to change the planet for the better. The world needs to adapt to new norms to really make a difference before it is too late. We need world leaders to lead a change as soon as possible. My climate action journey started when I introduced the Green flag initiative to my school, where I am Chairman of the committee. I am looking forward to making changes in my school and local community and to highlight the dangers of climate change. What I want to achieve as a Climate Ambassador is to empower people to make a real change.

Silvia

LEITRIM

Hello! My name is Silvia. I'm from Italy but I'm currently living in Leitrim. I've studied Science and Technologies for the Environment and Nature and I've always known that my path in life would be devoted to nature and its conservation. I'm also a Scoutmaster and that means that I should be an example for the young, so I'm trying to be the best version of myself. I've joined this program to learn and share my experiences with other like-minded people. Cheers!

Cassie

LIMERICK

My name is Cassie and I am an environmental psychology PhD researcher in Maynooth University. My research looks at the human-nature interactions and in particular what the connection looks like in urban settings. I grew up on Valentia Island in Co.Kerry which means I have been witness to effects of climate change with rising sea levels and unpredictable weather. I have seen a need for action. I joined the Climate Ambassador programme because I want to raise awareness and help people make small changes to help protect and appreciate our planet.

Sarah

LIMERICK

My name is Sarah Tubridy and I am from Limerick. I have always been interested in climate issues especially after my son was born. As part of my job in a charity/ non profit I have recently been involved in founding a Green committee to better our practices and educate our staff and communities. I am a Social Care worker and currently training in the Adult and Further education field. I also run a little food/ play/ lifestyle blog.

Mohammad

MAYO

Hi, my name is Mohammad Naeem. I am a Transition year student in St Colman’s College Co Mayo. I am a very passionate climate activist that is involved with lots of different climate action projects and organizations. My goal is to educate young people like me on the effects of climate change and how our generation will be the ones left to fix the earth if we don’t do anything. We need to act now, not when it affects us as we will be too late then.

Jamie

MEATH

Hi, my name is Jamie and I'm from Meath. I have always been very interested in the climate. As I am from an agricultural background the interest started with the impact of agricultural practices on the environment. This is the reason I did my undergrad in Agri Environmental Science followed by my masters in Environmental Resource Management, both in UCD. I am currently working in the CSO as part of the Sustainable Development Department. I am aware of the impacts that I am causing in my daily routine, so this year I am actively trying to improve this (its a work in progress). I want to try and learn more ways to include and teach others about the importance of Climate Action and how everyone can make a real difference by doing little changes.

Mary

ROSCOMMON

I am a soroptimist and we have 15 clubs in RoI. Our current national project is an environmental protection activity in each club and in the community surrounding the club.

Amir

SLIGO

Hello Dear Friends, My name is Amir Kennedy-Ripon. I have specialised in various academic disciplines such as Crisis and Security Management, Political Science and International Relations. In addition, Design Thinking for Sustainability. During my experience, one main recurrent and concerning commonality 'consistently' presents itself: "Climate Change." On a positive note, I believe the 21st century will be the century that will move us away from the old dated conceptual frameworks and revolutionise us towards a new (well-overdue) and exciting sustainable future. I have decided to dedicate myself to promoting our crisis management within biodiversity, circular economy management. In addition, seek support to eliminate 'single-use plastics' especially within the aviation sector.

Fiona

SLIGO

My name is Fiona Donnellan. I am the Founder of Sustainable PR, a public relations agency based in Sligo. I work with smart, eco-conscious brands that care about the planet. I provide simple and effective PR strategies to enhance a brand’s reputation. I became a Climate Ambassador so I can meet like-minded people, network and come up with solutions for communication around climate action. I have over 11 years of experience working in PR, journalism and communications. I have expertise working with Irish businesses, large and small, who want to have their story heard and grab consumer’s attention. I want to do the same for the climate emergency and communicate clearly that we all need to take action.

Heather

TIPPERARY

My name is Heather Doyle! I’m 14 and from Tipperary! I became a climate ambassador in 2021 to bring a young voice to climate conversations within the programme. My main passion is educating young people my age on the climate crisis through my social media account @heather.gets.climatey, and working with youth lead climate action groups. In the coming year as a climate ambassador I would like to educate more young people on the climate crisis and get them involved in climate actions. I can’t wait to get to work so follow my Instagram to see what I’m getting up too!

Margo

WATERFORD

Margo McGann - Waterford. I am the Programme Coordinator in St Augustine's College and therefore work very closely with the Transition Year students. Transition Year is a fantastic year to get involved in all things climate and I encourage my students to get involved. I adore nature and where I live in Dungarvan I am close to both the sea and the mountains. I am passionate about food and try at all times to reduce food miles by supporting local producers, foraging and growing my own.

Michaela

WATERFORD

My name is Michaela, from Waterford. I am interested in environmental issues and sustainability especially as I believe that we should try our best to protect the Earth’s environment for our future generations. I am delighted to be a Climate Ambassador and hope to raise awareness and educate individuals on what an active supporter of environmentalism does. Also, I hope to show what small actions we can undertake in order to have a huge impact on global health. I can most likely be found reading a book or at home with my family, my dog Roxie and my four cats!

Ciaran

WESTMEATH

Hello! My name is Ciaran O Meara and I grew up on a farm in Mullingar. I have always had an interest in Nature, working with animals and the earth. I would love to get involved in some projects that help the environment or increase biodiversity. I just watched the documentary called kiss the ground which I think was really cool! I work as a Primary Teacher so I hope to share the message about being kind to each other and the earth to the children I teach!

Diya

WESTMEATH

Hi, My name is Diya Govindaraju. I am a 12 year old first year student in Moate Community School, Westmeath. I have been interested in the topic of Climate Change ever since I was chosen for the Green Schools Committee when I was in sixth class. I first became aware of this topic when I started to know about animals' habitats being destroyed, our air quality being damaged and that Planet Earth would soon no longer be a safe place to live if we don't take any action immediately. I felt that loads of people are unaware of this crisis and do not know the dangers. I had an urge to aware people about this disaster. I joined the Green Schools Committee in my secondary school too. That's when my teacher told me to apply to be a climate ambassador. I became very passionate about this idea so I decided to apply for it. After two months I received some delightful news that I was selected to be a climate ambassador which made me very happy.

Alexandra

WEXFORD

My name is Alexandra, based in the sunny South-East, Wexford, I am a mother with a passion for the Environment which was nurtured from a very early age, influenced a lot by Uncle who worked at Dublin Zoo. I got to spend my summers with Elephants and Hippos! I was then introduced to GreenPeace at the age of 11 where I discovered my passion for recycling and the impart waste had on our environment. My Greenpeace document on recycling along with myself, a passionate science teacher and then 5th year students implemented recycling schemes within secondary schools around Ireland. Since then I have always strived to learn more and share more. I have a BA in Business and currently studying another passion of mine Feng Shui and living with my many plants! Been a Climate Ambassador is a gateway to express our passions with strength and voice and I can not wait for all the amazing things as one unit we can create. A dream come true.

Christopher

WEXFORD

I'm Christopher, I'm a Climate Ambassador because Earth is home to one trillion species and we are the housemate that won't put out the bins or do the dishes. I work as an ecologist to help nature take a bit less of a beating from human impacts. I also study sustainability within the bioeconomy and business. I plan to use the communication skills gained and networks developed with the programme to take action locally and run a couple of community envirometall projects.

Nadya

WEXFORD

Nadya is a 1st year Biotechnology student in AIT . She had an interest in Environment from an early age after watching David Attenborough’s ‘Planet Earth’ and the ‘Truth about Climate Change’ with her Grandad. This inspired her to be more mindful of waste reduction at home and to become part of the Green Schools Committee in her school of which she was chair person and involved in getting their first Green Flag. Nadya has an interest in recycling and the reduction of plastic waste and believes it is a massive threat to our oceans. She is a supporter of the Conscious Cup Campaign and Clean Coasts. Was nominated for a Volunteer Ireland award in 2018 for efforts in raising awareness on climate change. Nadya’s favourite environmental docu-film is ‘Before the Flood’. Her favourite saying comes from Dr. Seuss ‘The Lorax’ – ‘Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot nothing is going to get better. It’s not.’ Nadya believes that if everyone took responsibility and made at least one change to help the environment whether it was to use a reusable cup/bottle or reduce their plastic waste it would make a difference to our planet and future generations. It depends on us.

Susan

WEXFORD

Hi, I'm Susan Doyle, I'm excited to be a Climate Ambassador as it's really motivating me to engage with people about the circular economy, biodiversity and just transition -conversation by conversation and action by action. I'm setting up a green sustainable group in the estate where I live in Wexford and we're already making plans .I've joined a sustainablity book club and we read and share our thoughts on one book a month. I've set up a space on Quora "1% more sustainable" where people can share how much impact micro habits can have. As a Climate Ambassador I'm hoping to learn how to share what I'm learning on my post grad course in 'design thinking for sustainability' at the Innovation Academy UCD.

Miranda

WICKLOW

My name is Miranda Beaubien-Monsees. I’ve studied Environmental Science. I have a passion for nature and I believe it should be conserved and protected. Climate Change was first introduced to me during my degree, with the documentary An Inconvenient Truth. It was a harsh reality to what we’re doing to our planet. I am now a teacher and Green Schools Coordinator in a primary school in Wicklow. I hope to not only educate children and their families on the topic of climate change but also get the wider community involved in climate actions to create interest and foster sustainability.

Suzanne

WICKLOW

Hi! I’m Suzanne Jackson, a second year Business Studies student in DCU. My interest in climate activism has been cultivated over the years. But, it is in the last two years, since I started college, that I have begun to actively use my voice and partake in climate actions. I have a huge interest in social enterprise - especially if that involves sustainability! I co-founded ReNuIreland in EnactusDCU. We are currently developing smart compost bins. In my personal life, I focus very much on maintaining a circular economy mindset - really I think that’s the best way to approach it!