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The Youth Climate Justice Project

Led by Prof. Aoife Daly and funded by the European Research Council (ERC)**, we are a team of researchers who want to understand more about children and young people’s climate action across different countries and what this means for children’s rights.  

In our research, we will: 

Look at cases children and young people have taken about the climate crisis.

Talk to children and young people who have been taking climate action.

Hold creative workshops to understand what children think about their rights, the environment, and climate change.


Project outcomes:

* The project investigates whether we are experiencing ‘post-paternalism’ in children’s rights. We use the word post-paternalism to describe grassroots action from children and youth for the first time, on a global scale, rather than well-meaning adults ‘giving’ children and youth their rights. 

The Youth Climate Justice project is partnered with both the School of Law and the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) at UCC.  

** Funded by the European Union (ERC, 101088453). Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Research Council Executive Agency. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them. 

Meet the team

Meet the Advisory Board

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