08 Dec 2021

Naas girl to take part in RTÉ Youth Assembly on Climate

Delegates to take the place of TD's in Dáil Éireann

Kildare girl (10) chosen for RTÉ Youth Assembly on Climate

Ruby-Jo Cowdell

A 10-year-old Naas student has been chosen to take part in an RTÉ Youth Assembly on climate in Dáil Éireann this week.

Ruby-Jo Cowdell, a 5th class student in the Mercy Convent, is one of 157 delegates from across Ireland, who will take the place of the TD's for a day on Friday, November 15. They will discuss and determine their proposals for next steps for Ireland on climate action. This will also be televised.

Ruby-Jo became interested in the environment after a visit to Cool Planet in Powerscourt, Co. Wilcklow.

“Herself and her friends set up the No Planet B club in Naas and since then she has become passionate about her environment, bio-diversity

and climate change action,” mum Niamh told the Leader.

Ruby-Jo applied to be a candidate for the youth parliament because she cares about the Earth. Ruby-Jo would like the Government to “take action instead of just speaking words, ban single use plastic, plant more trees and reduce our carbon emissions.” She does a lot herself to help the environment.

“She walks to school everyday, does litter-picking and eco-bricking,” mum Niamh added.

“With the help of her uncle she built a small vegetable patch in our garden and planted tomatoes, courgette, potatoes and runnerbeans. She organised a local pollinator area in her estate. She wrote to Aldi about their use of plastic packaging and with the No Planet B club she lobbied the local candidates standing for election to find out their policies on climate change.”

Ruby-Jo has done many speeches on climate change both with the club and on her own. Ruby-Jo and the club also got the chance to speak and represent the junior schools at the School Strikes for Climate in front of 20,000 people in Dublin.

Ruby-Jo is a member of Naas athletics club, plays gaelic football for Naas and likes climbing and horse riding.

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