Wicklow Youth climate conference is a success

Wicklow’s first ever Youth Climate Conference “Our Climate, Our Future” took place in Coláiste Chraobh Abhann, Kilcoole on Thursday, November 16th.

The conference was sponsored by Codling Wind Park. Students also attended from other local schools including St. David’s, Greystones, and Dominican College, Wicklow Town. Cllr Stephen Stokes attended and praised all involved.

Cllr Stokes stated: “Renewable energy is the present and the future. It was good to see so many schools involved. I would like applaud the students, school staff, and sponsors for making this event a reality. It was interesting to hear from a wide range of speakers including students and significant guests.”

Colm O’Regan and Cayden Elliott (Head Boy) served as hosts throughout the day. Notable speakers included Noel Cunniffe, CEO of Wind Energy Ireland. Cllr Stephen Stokes added: “Noel was very insightful. He advised that one wind turbine can generate enough electricity in just 16 minutes to power a house for a year. It was also was great to learn about the outstanding career opportunities in wind energy that the students could have. There is huge growth potential over the coming years, which will require people in multiple areas.”

A student panel discussed the needs and expectations of young people, with more Government action being urged. Cllr Stephen Stokes said he believes that renewable energy and protecting our local climate is essential.

Cllr Stokes concluded: “Special thanks is due to the Coláiste Chraobh Abhann, and the organising committee for hosting the Conference. The message to public representatives is clear. Decisive action is needed. If we get wind energy right, we can not only power all of Ireland, but we could become a leader of energy exports to Europe. That would be a huge positive to help Europe to reduce its dependency on Russian oil and gas. I will continue to support efforts to deliver positive change.”

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