RTÉ has announced a week of programming across TV, radio and online which will focus on the climate crisis with dedicated content to coincide with Science Week.
RTÉ On Climate will include news features across the week of November 11 to 15, with brand new documentaries and features with an Irish perspective on the global climate crisis and practical ways we can all make a difference.
The week of new programming will look at issues affecting city dwellers to rural communities with a range of content for viewers and listeners aged eight and upwards.
RTÉ will put Ireland at the centre of this global crisis by asking questions such as Will Ireland Survive 2050?and ask questions of our policy response and point to potential solutions in Hot Air - Ireland's Climate Crisis, as well as providing practical solutions for Irish people to make small changes and deliver a big difference in a new three-part series What Planet Are You On?, supported by Science Foundation Ireland.
Welcoming the announcement Dr Ruth Freeman, Director Science for Society, Science Foundation Ireland, said "Science Foundation Ireland is delighted that RTÉ have chosen Science Week to focus on Climate. We are also proud to partner with RTÉ for What Planet Are You On?"
RTÉ News will add to its coverage of climate and environmental issues with a range of special reports and live programming. RTE's Environment and Science Correspondent, George Lee, will produce a series spanning the week, while Paul Cunningham travels to the Arctic Circle and visits the western towns in Greenland most impacted by climate change.
RTÉ Radio 1 will build on their ongoing coverage of environmental, biodiversity and sustainability issues with a range of special reports and studio discussions across daily programmes beginning with Morning Ireland.
The RTÉ Player will show a new four-part series called My Best Sustainable Life, which follows Nadia Forde, the 2 Johnnies, Lauren Guilfoyle, Thumper and Bonnie Ann Clyde, as they take on the commitment to change one aspect of their life to help the planet.
What Planet are you On?, presented by Maia Dunphy, is a three-part series on RTÉ One which shows families tackling real challenges in the areas of water, waste, energy and food and in their homes.
For Ireland's younger viewers, RTÉjr follows 12-year-old Flossie Donnelly in My Story: The Beach Cleaner as she travels to Indonesia to learns more about solving the plastic problem in our oceans and RTÉjr Radio will host a brand new series called Ecolution,
Tara Stewart and Roz Purcell joined us at our #RTEOnClimate launch to announce the all new #DirtyLaundry podcast!— RTÉ One (@RTEOne) October 24, 2019
Some of our #YouthAssembly candidates also popped along to chat about the convening of the RTÉ #YouthAssembly on Climate in Dáil Éireann on November 15th! pic.twitter.com/PxoC1Z4Bn3
News2day will continue to shine a light on climate issues for eight to 12 year olds, as well as hosting a special live broadcast from Dáil Eireann for the RTÉ Youth Assembly on Climate.
Dee Forbes, Director General, RTÉ said: "The world is rising to the burning issue of climate change, and here in Ireland our young people have been especially moved by the climate crisis. This special week reflects the growing concern, globally and here at home, and offers a whole range of content that not only analyses where we are and how we got here, but looks at what we can do.
"Ultimately our own individual actions will define how we as a community respond on this issue. RTÉ On Climate is our contribution to framing, explaining and, ultimately, moving us all one step closer to solving the problem."