In the face of our rapidly changing environment, the Climate Justice programme by Localise comes at a pivotal moment. Addressing schools in North Dublin, this initiative is taking significant strides forward. Localise works with young people to identify a need in their community, and to be of service to the actual need providing young people to part of the changing making process using their authentic voice and style.

Schools have evolved to become more than just academic centres; they are now the heartbeats of societal transformation. Integrating climate justice into curriculums moulds our next generation of global leaders. North Dublin schools, in collaboration with Localise Youth Volunteering, are pioneering the shift towards urban green initiatives. The following projects are being undertaken this year: 

  • Beneavin De la Salle College is crafting green spaces aimed at supporting mental health for those on the path of recovery from addiction. Highlighting the importance that nature and biodiversity has on our mental health in a time of need. 
  • Another class is from Benavin is collaborating with ChildVision Ireland to create sensory gardens for children and young people with visual impairment and various needs. 
  • Larkin Community College stresses local sustainability highlighting food security. The first year classes with Dublin Community Co-op are learning how to cook nutritious meals with local foods. These meals will be cooked for the local elderly and a local homeless service. 
  • Sixth year students from Larkin will focus on transforming a communal public garden  space to improve the area as part of their project and learning about horticulture.
  • Mount Carmel Secondary School is combating the fast fashion industry’s impact, showcasing upcycled fashion collections with a group of local elderly. 
  • Young people from CBS Sexton Street will also be participating this year. They are due to begin their project after the October midterm.

Many individuals face hurdles that hinder full societal participation. This could be due to limited knowledge or inadequate platforms to voice concerns. Our programmes address and overcome these hurdles. Tailored guidance bridges the knowledge gap, enabling individuals to become proactive community members.

Young people must be active participants in shaping climate justice. These youth volunteer projects underline the importance of community-based environmental action and proving that regardless of our background or circumstance, we can all make a difference and have a role in climate justice. When young people are supported in the process to have a voice and to lead, communities transform.

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