Minister Canney attended the inaugural An Taisce Climate Ambassador awards which took place today in Fallon and Byrne, Dublin. Speaking at the awards ceremony, Minister Canney was enthusiastic about the outcomes of its first year.
“I am delighted to be here today to recognise the hard work of the first group of Climate Ambassadors over this past year. These Climate Ambassadors represent the best of civic engagement in Irish society with a diverse range of individuals committed to taking action, as well as mobilising their wider communities, to address the challenge of climate change.”
The Climate Ambassador Programme is a key element of the National Dialogue on Climate Action and is delivered by An Taisce with funding provided by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. 108 climate Ambassadors were selected in the first year of the programme.
Today’s awards ceremony acknowledges the hard work and commitment of those involved in the Climate Ambassador Programme over the last twelve months and the enormous effort and dedication that the Climate Ambassadors have shown throughout the process. Each Climate Ambassador will receive a certificate of recognition for their achievements. Nine Ambassadors will receive a Climate Hero Award and two will receive an Outstanding Achievement Award based on the work they have carried out during the year.
Minister Canney reflected on the impact of the Climate Ambassador programme community and grassroots level and its contribution to the wider societal transition required to make Ireland a low-carbon, climate-resilient society.
“The Climate Ambassador Programme, which is sponsored by my Department, has exceeded all expectations in its success to date. It is a vital programme to help raise awareness about climate change and how individuals, communities and business can help. Without a doubt, climate change is one of the single biggest challenges facing us all. Engagement on the ground is crucial if we’re going to work together to tackle climate change. Hearing about the great work carried out by Irelands first Climate Ambassadors I see this programme as another step towards making Ireland a leader in Climate Change.”
Source: Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment