Representing Northern Ireland on the world stage
The 30 Under 30 Climate Change-Makers programme is designed to unearth, inspire, and equip 30 leaders under the age of 30 who can play an instrumental part in shaping a better climate future for Northern Ireland and beyond.
Launched for the first time in 2022, it draws on the international EE 30 Under 30 initiative introduced by the North American Association for Environmental Education.
The programme is delivered by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful and Podiem, and funded by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), Pacem, Pinsent Masons and Danske Bank.
Introducing the class of 2022/23
In its debut year, the programme received a strong level of interest, with over 100 applications created.
Following a competitive judging process, the first-ever 30 Under 30 Northern Ireland Climate Change-Makers are:
- Alix McDaid - Endangered Ireland
- Aoife de Bhal - RSPB
- Ashleigh Henry - PhD Student
- Callum Carville - Belfast IT
- Ciaran Ferrin- Ulster University
- Ciara Grogan - Graham Construction
- Dakota Reid - RSPB
- Emma Denton - Fermanagh and Omagh District Council
- Emma McKeever - Greeting Relations
- Erin Galbraith - McCloy Consulting Ltd
- Gareth McClune - Barclays
- Harry Murphy - Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful
- Jacinta Hamley - Climate Craic
- James Rae - Solv
- Jordan Birt - Business in the Community
- Josh Armstrong - Responsible
- Moya Doogan - Environmental Éadaí
- Orlagh McNeill - Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful
- Rachel Vaughan - Queen’s University
- Ralph Lavery - Catagen
- Rebekah Bajko - Student
- Reece England - Fermanagh and Omagh District Council
- Robbie Jamison - East Belfast Enterprise
- Ross Blackbourne - Queen’s University (Student)
- Ross Portis - Westland Horticulture LTD/MR
- Ruairi Brogan - RSPB
- Sinead Murray - Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful
- Tom Cowderoy - Ulster University
- Una Barrett - Felix O’Hare
- Victoria Jackson - Translink
Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful sends congratulations to each of the class members on behalf of all partners and funders.
Learn more about the class of 2022/23
Developing world-class climate leaders
To gain the skills, knowledge and confidence of well-rounded climate champions for Northern Ireland, the 2022/23 class will undergo high-quality training from industry professionals in six carefully selected workshops:
- Workshop 1 - Finance, Economy & Business: Friday 11th November 2022
- Workshop 2 - Social Impact & Purpose: Friday 2nd December 2022
- Workshop 3 - Policy, Politics & Media: Thursday 19th January 2023
- Workshop 4 - Health, Wellbeing & Performance: Thursday 9th February 2023
- Workshop 5 - Environment, Science, Leadership & Resilience: Friday 3rd March 2023
- Workshop 6 – Communication, Relationships & Influencing: Thursday 30th March 2023
What’s more, at the end of the programme, the top-five class members will get a chance to receive a bursary to pursue their own transformational project and one class member will have the opportunity to receive a scholarship to attend the NAAEE Conference later in 2023.
For further information on the 30 Under 30 Northern Ireland Climate Change-Makers programme, please contact Jenna Potter.