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30 Under 30

30 Under 30 Climate Change-Makers

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:

  1. Alix McDaid - Endangered Ireland 
  2. Aoife de Bhal - RSPB 
  3. Ashleigh Henry - PhD Student 
  4. Callum Carville - Belfast IT 
  5. Ciara Grogan - Graham Construction 
  6. Dakota Reid - RSPB 
  7. Emer Rafferty - Eco Justice Ireland 
  8. Emma Denton - Fermanagh and Omagh District Council 
  9. Emma McKeever - Greeting Relations 
  10. Erin Galbraith - McCloy Consulting Ltd 
  11. Gareth McClune - Barclays 
  12. Harry Murphy - Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful 
  13. Jacinta Hamley - Climate Craic 
  14. James Rae - Solv 
  15. Jordan Birt - Business in the Community 
  16. Josh Armstrong - Responsible 
  17. Moya Doogan - Environmental Éadaí 
  18. Orlagh McNeill - Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful 
  19. Rachel Vaughan - Queen’s University 
  20. Ralph Lavery - Catagen 
  21. Rebekah Bajko - Student 
  22. Reece England - Fermanagh and Omagh District Council 
  23. Robbie Jamison - East Belfast Enterprise 
  24. Ross Blackbourne - Queen’s University (Student) 
  25. Ross Portis - Westland Horticulture LTD/MR 
  26. Ruairi Brogan - RSPB 
  27. Sinead Murray - Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful 
  28. Tom Cowderoy - Ulster University 
  29. Una Barrett - Felix O’Hare 
  30. 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.


Enquiries

For further information on the 30 Under 30 Northern Ireland Climate Change-Makers programme, please contact Jenna Potter.