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Join us for 'Loud & Clear' - Youth Voices on EU Climate Action ahead of 2019 MEP Elections!

3 Apr 2019

On Tuesday April 9th, a host of young people from a variety of climate action groups will take centre stage in the offices of the European Parliament in Dublin. They'll be talking about what they want to see from prospective candidates for the 2019 European Parliament elections on climate. The elections will take place in Ireland on May 24th.

The event is completely free - so get your ticket now!

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(*tickets are limited, so please only reserve one if you intend on coming!)

Young activists from the following groups will take centre stage:

  • School Strikes 4 Climate
  • Fridays for Future
  • Not Here Not Anywhere
  • Young Friends of the Earth
  • The new DCU Climate Change Masters Programme
  • And a member of our own team who is exploring European investment in fossil fuels

The aim of this event is to explore the most strategic climate asks to put to election candidates when they come looking for our vote this May. We hope to achieve this through world cafe discussions and Q&A.

Why is this event important?

Climate change is accelerating faster than scientists previously thought. The 'World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2018’ released just last week concluded that the physical signs and socioeconomic impacts of climate change are accelerating as record greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations drive the increase in global temperatures towards dangerous levels. It highlights record sea level rise, and exceptionally high land and ocean temperatures over the past four years.

This report has come just 2 weeks after almost 1.5 million people, most of them school students, striked for climate action across the world - with almost 15,000 of those across Ireland with 11,000 in Dublin.

Many of these young people will face the worst impacts of climate change in their lifetime, but they are too young to vote in the upcoming elections on May 24th. But we can do them a service and educate ourselves about the best climate candidates, and vote accordingly.

There will be a world café, Q & A, and an exploration of the most strategic climate asks to put to candidates when they come looking for your vote.

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The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Special Report on 1.5C gave a window of 12 years within which to take rapid, unprecedented action on climate. We have 11 years left. The next time we get a chance to choose our European Parliament representatives, we'll have 6 years left.

Let's use this opportunity and vote for candidates that support a fossil free future and progressive action on climate. So please come on Tuesday, listen to the youth voice and explore how we can push for a European Parliament that has climate action at its core.

Other events coming up:

The Latin American Solidarity Centre have these two events coming up, exploring the actions of those on the front-lines of defending the Earth.

Saturday, April 6th, 10am, Teacher's Club. Women Defending the Earth from Destructive Mining. More info and registration here.

Thursday, April 11th, 6.30pm, The Central Hotel. Corporate Impunity and Community Resistance. More info and registration here.

P.S. Help get MEP candidates to the event!

1. Fine Gael still have not confirmed any of their candidates will attend - retweet here to pressurise them!

2. Fianna Fáil still have not confirmed any of their candidates will attend - retweet here to pressurise them!

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