But, children and young people also have the right to have their say. Many children and young people in Ireland are already calling for urgent action to protect the natural environment.
Since 1992, Ireland has been making big steps to better protect and promote children’s rights. Biodiversity loss affects children’s rights to grow up in healthy, safe and clean environments so it’s very important that decisions being made involve children and young people.
To make sure the Children and Young People’s Assembly is designed and run in a way that works for children and young people, the project is being designed by an intergenerational team consisting of a Young Advisory Team and an independent research consortium. The Young Advisory Team comprises nine children and young people from across Ireland, aged 8-16. The research consortium includes experts in children’s participation, deliberative democracy, and biodiversity from Dublin City University, University College Cork, and terre des hommes, an international organisation with a focus on children’s environmental rights.