Delegates from the RTÉ Youth Assembly on Climate have met the President of the United Nations General Assembly and presented him with their statement and ten recommendations to tackle the climate crisis.
Eight representatives of the Youth Assembly asked President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande to take their recommendations back to the UN General Assembly in New York following their meeting.
The recommendations were developed and voted through by the RTÉ Youth Assembly on 15 November - the first Youth Assembly on Climate, which convened in the Dáil with 157 delegates aged between 10 and 17 from all over the country.
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Today President Muhammad-Bande said: "157 people can change the world. Good ideas come from all sources and these ideas are so important because they are practical. I will be sure to share these with partners in the UN system."
It was a pleasure to begin my visit to Ireland by meeting Irish youth #climate activists who recently participated in the @RTE Youth Assembly on Climate. Good ideas come from all sources and are crucial as we work towards #SDG13 pic.twitter.com/HtLpmtu9gT— UN GA President (@UN_PGA) November 28, 2019
The 10 Recommendations voted at the RTÉ Youth Assembly on Climate:
- From the corner store to the super market - to incentivise and obligate the installation of glass doors on open refrigerators.
- For Ireland to ban the importation of fracked gas and invest solely in renewables.
- Implement measures that will allow Irish goods to be both eco-sustainable and affordable in today's Irish Market.
- Implement a tiered Tax on Emissions from large companies including those under capital ETS. This tax must be increased every year while the threshold decreases, shifting the burden from individuals to corporations.
- Investment in industrial hemp processing facilities to provide a viable, sustainable and alternative land use for farmers as well as employment in rural Ireland.
- A labelling and pricing system showing the climate impact of food products based on criteria such as impact of packaging and distance travelled.
- Ireland to outlaw acts of ecocide being the widespread and systematic loss of ecosystems including climate and cultural damage.
- Protect existing forests and make compulsory that at least 10% of all land owned for agricultural use is dedicated to forestry.
- A targeted nationwide information campaign to educate the population about the climate crisis with regard to causes, effects and the solutions.
- Mandatory "Sustainability" education from primary level to the workplace including a new compulsory Junior Cycle & optional Leaving Certificate subject.
To date over 7,800 people have supported the RTÉ Youth Assembly's recommendations.