Clover Hogan is a climate activist, researcher on eco-anxiety, and the founding Executive Director of Force of Nature - a youth non-profit mobilising mindsets for climate action. She has worked alongside the world’s leading authorities on sustainability, consulted within the boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies, and supported students in 50+ countries to shift from climate anxiety to agency.
Force of Nature is a youth non-profit mobilising mindsets for climate action. Through our programmes, we cultivate individual agency, the tools in how to create change, and communities at scale. We support leaders across business, education and policy to centre young people in delivering intergenerational climate solutions.
Our student programmes, curriculum support and teacher resources help sustainability educators foster the next generation of leaders: responding to their students’ emotional needs, helping them mobilise mindsets for action, and increasing their impact as change-makers. Learn more about Force of Nature and get involved here: https://www.forceofnature.xyz
Eimear Manning obtained her Masters of Science in marine sustainability. She currently develops the marine Explorers Programme, which is funded by the Marine Institute, and is the Climate Justice coordinator for the National Youth Council of Ireland. She is also the All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Mentor for Ireland as part of the Healthy Seas and Oceans Unit in the European Commission.
Eimear's speciality species is sharks. She regularly travels to Florida to live aboard a ship while catching, tagging, and releasing sharks for research purposes. She has seen how a changing climate has been affecting these important predators, and has dedicated her life to educating others on how they can help protect these species, and others. Eimear is experienced in creating cross-curricular lesson plans and activities on the topics of ocean literacy and climate justice, and will be sharing some of her knowledge and resources for both primary and post-primary levels. You can follow Eimear on twitter @SchoolTheseFish
Elaine Nevin is the National Director of ECO-UNESCO, one of Irelands leading organisations in environmental education and education for sustainable development. She holds a BA in Geography and Political Science, an MA, a Higher Diploma in Education and has worked in the field of environmental education and education for sustainable development (ESD) in both formal and non-formal settings for over 20 years.
Elaine has led the development and growth of ECO-UNESCO and its range of education, training and youth programmes. These have included ‘Youth for Sustainable Development’ – a peer education and youth leadership programme for 15-18 year olds, ‘ECO-choices’ – an environmental health and well-being programme; ‘Green Pathways’ – an accredited green youth employment programme; the ‘Young Environmentalist Awards’ which recognises and rewards young peoples’(10-18) work in environmental protection through action projects and ‘Learning2Change’ – a programme of workshops, teacher training, Student Council training promoting ESD in secondary schools. Elaine has led ECO-UNESCO’s partnership with UNESCO as a Key Partner of UNESCO’s Global Action Programme (GAP) in ESD and its current international framework ESD for 2030. She is a Ministerial Appointee to the 8th EPA Advisory Committee, served as a member of the 7th EPA Advisory Committee and was a Ministerial Appointee to the 6th EPA Advisory Committee. Elaine has also written a range of education resources and has advocated for environmental education and education for sustainable development as a critical component to achieving sustainability for over 20 years. She believes engaging, educating and empowering young people is essential and that environmental education and ecoliteracy, which builds knowledge, skills, values should be a core part of our education.
Elaine is a member of the Department of Education and Skills Advisory Committee for the Irish National Strategy on ESD. For more information about ECO-UNESCO please see https://ecounesco.ie/
Gráinne Kennedy Chartered Environmentalist (Institute of Environmental Managers and Assesors) with 14 year’s community, public sector and industry experience. Gráinne joined 3CEA in October 2020 and coordinates the Sustainable Energy Community programme across the southeast, helping communities to reduce their carbon footprint. She holds a First-Class Masters Degree of Science in Environmental Engineering from Queens University Belfast, and a Degree in Environmental Science from the University of Limerick. Gráinne is also a certified Lead Assesor in both Environmental Management Systems and in the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (UK). She has worked on many energy efficiency projects and is an experienced energy auditor. Gráinne is an experienced trainer and faciliatator who has used these skills in the University sector and with SME’s to give individuals the skills and knowledge they need to reduce carbon emissions in their workplace. Gráinne is the organiser of the She is Sustainable conferences in Ireland which provide networking opportunities for women working in sustainability in Ireland. For more information on She is Sustainable see https://sheissustainable.org/
Kirsten (Kat) Taylor is a young sustainability professional passionate about helping communities implement climate solutions. She is currently an Associate with Drawdown Communities at Project Drawdown where she supports the director in coordinating Drawdown Communities work including program design, research, developing publication and tools, and engaging with pilot communities. She is constantly striving to fuse her personal passions with implementing climate solutions and supports her peers/aspiring sustainability professionals in doing the same.
Kirsten (Kat) has a double major in Chemical Biology (BA) and Environmental Studies (BA) from Case Western Reserve University and was an Inaugural Penn State Drawdown Scholar (Summer 2019). As a Penn State Drawdown Scholar, she worked with a team to analyze the sociological assumptions underlying one of Project Drawdown’s climate solutions and provided recommendations to Project Drawdown and policy makers. Throughout her undergraduate career – she deepened her understanding of community service, strengthened her leadership, and improved her strategic thinking skills through Design For America and by serving as a member of the Executive board for the CWRU Panhellenic Council. In her free time, she loves reading books, brainstorming, arts & crafts, and thinking about how we can address climate change while simultaneously transforming our society. https://drawdown.org/
Dr. Méabh Boylan works as Biodiversity Officer for the Green-Schools Programme in Ireland (internationally known as ‘Eco-Schools’). Following an undergraduate degree in Zoology at Trinity College, Dublin, Meabh completed a research doctorate on Ornithological Conservation at University College Cork. Méabh has taken part in voluntary and work positions abroad in the field of biodiversity research, including; bird studies at North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory, on the Orkney Islands, Scotland; and a research position in Madagascar’s Kirindy (dry) Forest. Meabh has travelled extensively in India working with local N.G.O.s in the field of educational disadvantage. She is an active member in her community, running workshops on Irish wildlife, and having sourced funding for and assisted in running a ‘biodiversity area’ in her local village. Since 2002 Meabh has worked in a range of educational settings including Fota Wildlife Park, Dublin Zoo, and The Natural History Museum. Her current role includes overseeing the Green-Schools’ Biodiversity theme which involves; communicating with, providing practical assistance to and training teachers who are currently coordinating Biodiversity actions at the school level nationwide. She is responsible for monitoring and evaluating, development of resources, guiding strategy, and reporting for the Biodiversity theme. Meabh has co-designed and is currently overseeing the roll-out of Green-Schools Ireland’s tenth theme; ‘Global Citizenship- Food and Biodiversity’. This theme highlights how food choices are connected to, and impact on, biodiversity, emphasising the importance of the school garden and local natural landscapes for food production in combating global environmental issues. For more information about Green-Schools see https://greenschoolsireland.org/
Patrick Jackson is the founder of Picker Pals and a bestselling children's book author. Patrick's environmental journey began when he encountered a seagull caught up in discarded fishing line on the pier in Howth. He decided to try and do something about the problem of litter and Picker Pals was born. The programme motivates and equips primary school children to take their families out on litter-picking adventures and make an impact on their local environment. Patrick is a keen litter-picker himself and has a unique collection of marine debris picked up over the years and attached to a cloak which he brings to schools to show the children the human effect on the natural world. Picker Pals, run by VOICE (The Voice of Irish Concern for the Environment), is currently looking for 2021-22 participating classrooms - fully funded, so no cost to schools. Interested teachers should apply here. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfcwYWxnQPrJTancuBcMKtqSjhzV9Tipxq133yZ1meiswRYCA/viewform
After a career in science as an epidemiologist, Patrick trained as secondary science teacher with TeachFirst in London, a teacher training provider whose mission is to tackle educational disadvantage. While working in disadvantaged schools in London Patrick developed a bespoke award winning model for a whole school nature curriculum. Here, in his London school, he developed a teaching hub that provided onsite CPD in outdoor learning. This fundamentally changed his perception on education. While continuing to teach, Patrick set up the nature aspect of a community social enterprise to share his model with other primary and secondary schools. In school and community settings, he uses nature as a conduit to foster wellbeing, leadership skills, confidence, resilience, environmental awareness and climate action. Patrick continues to put sustainability at the heart of his teaching. In March 2021 he founded The Irish Schools Sustainability Network (ISSN). The network brings together teachers and students from different schools to foster climate and nature conversations. These schools work together as a community on joint initiatives, they share best practice, and they work towards pushing sustainability to the top of the educational agenda. Patrick believes that we need to build networks within and across sectors, working as one, to tackle the climate and ecological emergency. You can follow Patrick on twitter @growgardeners or catch up with ISSN @IrishSchSusty
Climate Change Campaigner and Educator
Paul is a Geography Teacher who developed the world's first Climate Breakdown teaching materials available for free here http://bit.ly/teachclimatetruth The resources have been downloaded more than 7000 times across the world and engage young people with the broader societal debates. Paul has helped organise a number of online events including the Big Climate Teach-In accessible here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6Pzzt9d9yY . Paul's workshop will be a taster of the 4 part live and interactive AimHi Climate & Nature course. The course equips you with the motivation, resources and knowledge needed to drive individual, collective and systemic change. Find out more here https://www.aimhi.co/climate-course
Sinead Morgan works on the Active Citizenships team in Concern Worldwide as a campaign office. Sinead is currently working on a climate change campaign called 1Planet4All. 1Planet4all is a campaign across 12 European countries that will inspire a generation of youth activists to tackle the Global Climate Crisis. Developed to support, motivate and engage young people (15-35yrs) in efforts to reduce the impacts of climate change and create a sustainable future for all.
Sinead is from Cobh, Co. Cork. She has been a youth worker for many years and her favourite thing to do is to be outdoors with her boys!
Find out about Concern’s work with schools: https://www.concern.net/schools-and-youth
Sue Adams founded Education for Sustainability in 2017 as a reflection of the emerging decline of the natural world. It is her mission to ensure that the young people of today are educated about the climate crisis and that they have the knowledge, skills and tools to take action so they can be informed and empowered stakeholders for the future. With a background working and studying at Dublin Zoo, she was inspired to create interactive environmental programmes for schools that focus on improving climate literacy and fostering behavioural change through community action programmes. She won the Young Environmentalist Awards Eco Leader of the year in 2017 for her work with primary and secondary schools which lead on to her work with 44 schools supporting them to become a single-use plastic free campus. Education for Sustainability executes a variety of educational programmes such as workshops, teacher training and a transition year Sustainable Development 8 - week module. She is passionate about empowering young people to be the change that they want to see in the world through education. For more information about Susan’s work go to www.educationforsustainability.ie
Thomas Ball is Head of Business Advocacy at WWF-UK, working to influence the private sector in tackling the climate and nature crises. He previously headed up WWF-UK’s sector leading partnerships team and was responsible for a multi-million-pound portfolio of innovative partnerships with some of the world’s largest and influential businesses.
Prior to WWF, he worked as an environmental consultant and sustainability strategist for large multinational clients and government. He also ran an award-winning documentary business for over 10 years producing environmental and social documentaries for clients such as National Geographic and The Guardian. He is founding director of Our Yard, an award-winning social enterprise in NW London.
Thomas has a degree in Natural Sciences from Trinity College Dublin, an MA in Documentary making from University of the Arts London and an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London.
For more information on WWF educational resources see https://www.wwf.org.uk/get-involved/schools
Una Halpin has been working as a facilitator with the SEAI school’s programme since 2012 delivering junior primary and senior primary pupil workshops and second level student workshops as well as teacher CPD. Una has also been involved in developing new content for workshops for all levels, has developed and delivered primary school teacher summer courses, has worked on the JCT STE(A)M in Junior cycle initiative on behalf of SEAI for the past 3 years developing teacher CPD for Junior cert teachers, has presented workshops and run activities at various conferences and events on behalf of SEAI and has most recently has been involved in adapting existing workshops and developing new resources that are suitable for online delivery.
The aim of all SEAI workshops is to engage both students and teachers with the topic of energy and climate change using practical curriculum linked hands on activities and investigations to explain the science and inspire people to make a positive contribution to tackling climate change.
Una also works with Science Foundation Ireland and ESERO Ireland on the Discover Primary Science and Maths programme and is a Heritage Specialist on the Heritage in Schools scheme.
For more information about SEAI school programmes see https://www.seai.ie/community-energy/schools/
Raquel Noboa is the founder and CEO of FSG www.fiftyshadesgreener.ie which is a leading environmental education company working internationally through their online programmes.
Raquel comes from a background in Hospitality, and in 2017 she designed the 50 Step programme for environmental sustainability in Hospitality and founded FSG.
In 2020, Raquel developed the “Building a Greener Future” secondary schools programme which was piloted in Ireland with 3,500 students with the support and funding of KWETB. The programme teaches students how they can easily calculate their home and school carbon emissions, and empowers them to manage and reduce those emissions through a reduccion of waste, energy and water use.
Raquel’s vision is to educate a carbon conscious society that is aware of their environmental impact in every day life, her teaching is pragmatic and action based, fostering new initiatives and allowing students to lead the climate conversation in an international stage.
Gerry Creighton has worked in Dublin Zoo since 1983, starting as a trainee keeper, before becoming a full time zoo keeper in 1986. He subsequently worked as Team Leader responsible for large apes, carnivores and elephants for nearly ten years before becoming Zoo Operations Manager for animals and grounds in 2009. Gerry also holds an advisory role acting as elephant consultant for many international zoos. Gerry’s career has spanned several decades of exciting development, during which time Dublin Zoo has transformed from its Victorian beginnings in 1831 into a modern, vital and progressive European centre for conservation, education and animal husbandry