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Translink Youth Forum launches Eco Workshop for budding climate change-makers

L-R: Minister for Infrastructure, Nichola Mallon, joins Clodagh Hackett, Aoife Camplisson and Lauren McAreavey from the Translink Youth Forum, and Chris Conway, Group Chief Executive of Translink to launch The TYF Changemakers Guide to Climate Action, an online resource created by young people for 11-25 year olds to listen, learn and take action.

Translink Youth Forum (TYF) - a regional group of young people with an overall aim to improve public transport for young people - has launched a new and engaging online eco resource ahead of COP 26.

The TYF Changemakers Guide to Climate Action is an online resource created by young people for 11-25 year olds to listen, learn and take action.

The exciting digital resource invites young people to have their say and is asking teachers and youth workers to set aside 30 minutes in a classroom or digital environment during the month of November to mark the COP26 celebration and get young people talking about sustainable efforts to tackle climate change.

Featuring a range of educational content which can be delivered in schools, youth groups or independently at home, the climate-focused online learning pack includes an interactive video guide talking through how Translink aims to tackle climate change, a testimonial from local young environmentalists, workshop discussion points, and an online feedback form to help shape the future of public transport.

Speaking at the launch of the online learning tool, Minister for Infrastructure, Nichola Mallon, said:

“Since my appointment as Minister for Infrastructure I have been clear that tackling the climate crisis is a priority and I made a commitment to deliver sustainable infrastructure that will transform our communities today and for the generations to come.

“Children and young people are some of our most active and inspiring groups when it comes to the climate emergency, so I am delighted to support the Translink Youth Forum with their innovative and important “Changemakers” initiative.

“I am passionate about the benefits and opportunities that public transport provides. I want people to get out of their cars and onto cleaner, greener modes of transport including active travel. COP26 represents a critical time and opportunity for decision makers across the world. This is the world’s best and last chance to mitigate the worst impacts of the climate crisis.

“I personally take great hope from the leadership shown by the Translink Youth Forum to bring about positive change and I encourage as many people as possible to utilise their excellent online resource.”

Commenting on the new web resource, Chris Conway, Group Chief Executive at Translink, said:

“In the lead up to COP 26, we are aware more than ever before that climate change is the most pressing environmental challenge of our time. Many young people have been leading the way in raising this important issue and calling for action. So we’re delighted to support the Translink Youth Forum in delivering this exciting new online resource which will help guide and inform even more young people on the current climate crisis and how we can all play a part.”

The climate focused leaning resource has been launched as part of Translink’s wider Let’s Change Together campaign ahead of the public transport provider’s attendance at COP 26 in Glasgow, where the organisation will host an event based on the theme ‘Translink’s Transformative Journey to Decarbonise Public Transport in Northern Ireland’.

For more information and details of how to join in, plus the Change Makers video and resource pack, visit:

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