Empowering older people to take bold climate action

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“I’m retired, but involved,” a participant told me, eyes gleaming, as she arrived at the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission on 23 January for Friends of the Earth and BOLD Climate Action’s event ‘Older people: In action and in solidarity’. 

And this perfectly set the tone for the day. Watch our video here on the event, which saw over 30 people turning up, armed with a lot of passion and vision for reflecting and exchanging ideas, planning the next steps and shaping the focus areas for this year’s climate action. We were joined by Ailbhe Smyth, feminist & LGBTQI+ campaigner, and Pat Barker of Grandmothers Against Racism, whose rousing speeches kicked off the event. 

BOLD Climate Action is our Global Citizenship Education partner, a group set up by older people, for older people, who are concerned about the climate crisis. This project aims to develop and deliver a climate education project - funded by Irish Aid - that seeks to engage older people and those working with, providing services to or representing older people to take climate action.

Read more about BOLD Climate Action here.

This BOLD dialogue and action series is part of a wider Global Citizenship Education project, ‘Collaborating to help build an inclusive and diverse movement with the knowledge and skills to be active global citizens committed to a fairer and more sustainable future for all.’ Funded by Irish Aid and Concern, supported by Friends of the Earth.