Leinster House opened its doors last Friday to over one hundred and fifty able, articulate and remarkably energetic young people ranging in age from ten to seventeen to debate the crucial issue of climate change.
Following an opening session in the Dáil chamber, the Youth Assembly delegates moved to Committee Rooms to debate a range of different policy areas. Upon their return to the Dáil chamber, they presented ten recommendations made by them as an assembly.
The ten recommendations are as follows:
- From your corner store to your super market, we call on the house 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.
- Implementing measures that will allow that Irish goods be both eco- sustainable and affordable in todays’ Irish Market.
- Implement a tiered Tax on Emissions from large companies including those under capital ETS. This tax must be increased every year while 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 uses is dedicated to forestry.
- A targeted nationwide Information campaign to educate the population about the climate crisis regarding the causes, the effects and the solutions.
- Mandatory “Sustainability” education from primary level to the workplace including a new compulsory Junior Cycle & optional Leaving Certificate subject.