Mayo Students Given Chance To Grill Elected Representatives On Climate Action

Posted in Connect on April 26, 2019.

Over 50 Students from a number of Secondary Schools across Mayo attended a Climate Action Forum in GMIT Castlebar on Wednesday, April 24, before holding discussions with local leaders and politicians on the subject of Climate Change.

The Mayo Student Climate Action Forum came about following discussions between local students who staged a strike recently to highlight their concerns on climate action, with the Climate Action Regional Office based in Castlebar and members of the Mayo Climate Action team.

The event was held in GMIT Castlebar by Mayo County Council with assistance from the Climate Ambassador and the Green School programmes as well as GMIT Green-Campus.

The workshops focused on how to talk about Climate Change, how to voice their concerns, ideas and solutions and the best ways to communicate their messages. The students then agreed on a number of questions to be discussed with elected representatives, council officials and business leaders.

Some of those questions included:

  • What are you doing to tackle Climate Change in your own life?
  • How would you plan to reduce plastic usage in Mayo?
  • Why can electricity generated at micro scale not be sold back to the national grid?
  • What are your personal views on climate change & how are they reflected in your policy and campaign?

Fianna Fail TD Lisa Chambers, Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin, Sinn Fein Senator Rose Conway Walsh, Cllr Al McDonnell, Cllr Christy Hyland, Cllr Gerry Murray, Cllr Michael Smyth, Cllr Joe McHale and Cllr Jarlath Munnelly were in attendance, along with business leaders and council officials.

Martin Keating, Head of Environment, Climate Change & Agriculture with Mayo County Council, said of the event; “It was a great way to allow students to have their voices heard. These students marched through Castlebar a month ago to highlight their concern over Climate Change and what action was being taken. This Climate Action Forum provided them with the platform to speak to local leaders and push for their concerns to be addressed.”

Gary Tyrrell from Climate Ambassadors Ireland added; “It’s a very exciting day for us to see and help empower the students who have clearly shown their passion, knowledge and interest in this area of Climate Change and Climate Action. It’s brilliant to be able to help facilitate them to get together and get them into the same room as their leaders and voice their concerns. The enthusiasm and ingenuity of the students today is very inspiring.”

Please see attached PDF containing the questions prepared and asked by Students

Questions from Climate Action Forum 240419

A photo gallery from the day can be found at this link:



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