Peers have launched a search for students to work with and advise them on scrutinising Government policies on climate change and the environment.
Schools and colleges across Britain can apply to join a one-year pilot youth engagement programme being set up by the House of Lords Environment and Climate Change Committee.
Students from schools picked to take part will join virtual meetings with the committee to talk about its work and inquiries, with student representatives having the chance to meet members online to air their views about question and answer sessions with ministers and other witnesses, and about what they think the committee should ask the Government or consider as it prepares reports.
Meanwhile, a teenage farmer and climate activist has brought the voices of farming families to the Taoiseach’s office in Dublin.
Fifteen-year-old Liadh Dalton, pictured, met Micheál Martin on Tuesday to discuss how a positive climate future for every child in Ireland can be achieved by everyone coming together to protect nature and farming livelihoods.
Liadh lives on her family’s farm in county Offaly and won UNICEF Ireland’s 2021 #KidsTakeOver competition.
Speaking before her meeting, she said: “I can see both sides of the argument, because I am both a farmer and a climate activist.
“I would like to talk to An Taoiseach about ways to bridge the gap between the two communities, so farmers can learn about new sustainable solutions, and also communicate what they are already doing, or planning to do, to protect the environment.”
Liadh believes positive and open dialogue between everyone must play a key part in tackling the climate crisis.
“I want to see less hostility so that everyone can understand the importance of both farming and the environment.
“Farming is a way of life. It is something to be valued and farmers are custodians of our land. Family farms have been here for generations. And hopefully will be here for generations to come.”