Youth Parliament to be convened this November in Dáil Éireann to address the climate crisis 1 year ago

Youth Parliament to be convened this November in Dáil Éireann to address the climate crisis

The parliament is looking for over 150 people aged from 10 to 17 years old.

RTÉ and the Houses of the Oireachtas have announced that they will be convening a Youth Parliament at Dáil Éireann on Friday 15 November in order to address the climate crisis.

This will be taking place to recognise the leadership of young people in highlighting climate issues and in the context of the centenary of the first Dáil.

Dee Forbes, Director-General, RTÉ said: "The young people of Ireland have shown huge passion on the climate issue. They are committed to finding solutions and RTÉ is listening. We want to enable them to raise their voices even louder through their public service media organisation.

"By partnering with the Houses of the Oireachtas and convening a special Youth Parliament, we are demonstrating a shared commitment to an issue of great importance and to our most important resource of all: our young people".

Ceann Comhairle, Seán Ó Fearghaíl said: "As we continue to mark the 100th Anniversary of the first sitting of Dáil Éireann I am delighted that the Houses of the Oireachtas in collaboration with RTÉ are reaching out to the young people of Ireland. We have seen how passionate they are about protecting the environment and expressing their concerns on climate issues.

"I was particularly taken with the energy and enthusiasm displayed by young people as they gathered outside Leinster House recently to express their concerns. It is fitting that the future generation come into Leinster House and have their voices heard in the Dáil Chamber and I very much look forward to welcoming them and hearing from them first hand."

The RTÉ on Climate Youth Parliament is seeking 157 young people from 10 to 17 years of age from across Ireland with strong views on how Ireland needs to address the climate crisis.

If you'd like to apply for the parliament, simply head to the application website here.