Ep 48. Why We Need a Youth-Led Climate Movement – Saoirse Exton

Saoirse Exton is a 16 year old climate activist from Limerick who is part of many groups, all trying to make the world a better place, from the Friday's For Future movement to the Irish Second-Level Student's Union. She is a remarkable soul and I can't wait for you to listen to this chat with her, which as you'll hear from the laughs, I thoroughly enjoyed having!

You can follow Saoirse on Twitter @saoirse_exton or Instagram at @saoirse_exton.

  • [07:50] Saoirse introduces herself & journey to activism.
  • [11:05] What is climate justice?
  • [14:40] Young people not being heard.
  • [20:00] How Saoirse thinks adults should talk to kids about climate change.
  • [25:10] Is missing a portion of school on a Friday really the best way to achieve climate action?
  • [27:45] The kind of support, if any, Saoirse has received from school for climate protests.
  • [29:45] How do people get involved with Friday’s For Future?
  • [32:25] Individual versus system change.
  • [35:10] Her experience with the Climate Ambassador Programme.
  • [37:25] How does Saoirse feel about the future?
  • [39:00] Random Questions!

Also worth checking out is the Irish podcast for kids (but I really love it!) on climate change called Ecolution. Saoirse features on episode 26.

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