Ireland's fifth Climate Action Week runs from Monday, 11 October to Sunday, 17 October and here are five ways for you and your school to get involved with thanks to Green-Schools Ireland.
There are lots of resources and you can download a poster for your classroom HERE!
You can browse all the event listings here, but first let's look at five ways you can get involved.
1. Enter the #ClimatePledge Competition
We want to encourage everyone in Ireland to keep the climate conversation alive and take the next step in their climate action journey, wherever that may be. There are some incredible prizes with €500 in vouchers for Thriftify, Seedsavers, Rothar, Reuzi and Veganic!
Simply share a #ClimatePledge on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram – there's 18 to choose from, so something for everyone!
You can download all 18 HERE or choose your pledge from the grid to share online.
Entries will open from Monday, 11 October until Friday, 15 October and can be submitted by tagging @ClimateAmbassador, and using the hashtag #ClimateActionWeek or #ClimatePledge.
2. Watch: The True Cost Screening
Green-Schools and the Climate Ambassador programme are hosting a free virtual screening of the ground-breaking documentary The True Cost – a must see for all secondary students.
This film pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider: who really pays the price for our clothing?
Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, the film features interviews with the world's leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva. Register for this event HERE and watch it free for 72 hours from 9am Monday, 11 October.
Afterwards, tune in to the follow-up Fashion Fix webinar which will be hosted by Fionnuala Moran, Radio Presenter at RTE Pulse, with special guests Nathalie Pavone, Climate Ambassador, and Kelly Dalton, Co-Founder of The Right Project.
The Fashion Fix webinar will take place after the screening at 10am on Thursday, 14 October.
3. Listen: The Climate Ambassador Podcast
Let's talk about Climate Education in Ireland! Listen HERE at 3pm on Monday 11th October for this Climate Ambassador special podcast video, with host Gary Tyrrell, in conversation with Cathy Baxter, An Taisce's Environmental Education Unit Manager, and Gráinne Ryan, Climate Action Officer, working on both the Green-Schools and Climate Ambassador programmes.
Cathy and Gráinne will share insights and stories from their wealth of experience of environmental education in Ireland.
We will learn more about work they are both involved in, lessons they have learned and their visions for the future of climate education in Ireland.
4. Read: Storytime
Green-Schools is delighted to present the storybook, 'We Want Our Park Back', written and illustrated by Oisín McGann for ages 4 to 8.
Tune in to Green-Schools HQ via your interactive whiteboard at 10am on Wednesday, 13 October for Storytime, Ask the Author and Draw with Oisín!
5. Become a Climate Ambassador
Climate change effects are being felt at a local, national and global scale. Becoming a Climate Ambassador will give you the opportunity and platform to do something really positive within your community.
Adapting to climate change and mitigating the adverse impacts is a growing concern in every community in Ireland and our Climate Action Officers look forward to working with you on this exciting programme!
Be part of a prestigious group and take meaningful action. Applying only takes 10 minutes. Successful applicants will receive free training in communications and science as well as a toolkit to help you develop your actions.
You will also be invited to regional network gatherings to meet up with your peers and share your ideas, skills and knowledge.
Applications for 2022 are open from Friday 17th September until Monday, 25 October 2021 here.