Saturday 5th June 2021

  • The Youth Climate Justice Fund supports youth-led action on climate justice at community, regional and national level
  • Minister Roderic O’Gorman awards funding to 14 projects proposed by 23 youth organisations

Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, T.D., today approved funding to support 14 youth-led projects in the area of climate justice. In line with the recommendations of a specially convened Selection Committee, funding of almost €400,000 is being allocated to projects involving 23 youth organisations.

The Youth Climate Justice Fund supports youth-led action on climate justice. The aim of the fund is to raise climate justice awareness amongst young people and to empower young people to influence and sustain local, regional and national climate justice change.

Launching this year’s Youth Climate Justice Fund allocations, Minister O’Gorman commented:

The Youth Climate Justice Fund already has a strong track record supporting young people to work for climate justice in positive and meaningful ways. This year my Department has received applications for funding for a range of youth-centred, innovative, participatory and impactful projects, which I am delighted to be able to support.

Young people and youth organisations are leading the way when it comes to climate action and climate justice. They understand that, since the impacts of climate change are not evenly felt, we have to place human rights and social justice at the core of tackling climate change. I look forward to seeing the results of the 14 exciting projects that have been awarded funding.

All projects funded under the Youth Climate Justice Fund in 2021 and 2020 will be invited to participate in an Outcomes Conference to be convened by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth later this year, in order to reflect on the achievements of funded projects and the future of the Youth Climate Justice Fund and to facilitate collaboration and network-building.