UCD Engineering PhD student chosen as Climate Change Ambassador

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UCD Engineering PhD student Rajat has been chosen to be one of Irelands first ever Climate Change Ambassadors.

The new Climate Ambassador Programme is being run by An Taisce’s Environmental Education Unit. This exciting new programme focuses on identifying individuals in schools, campuses and the wider community who will work as ambassadors for climate change.

According to Gary Tyrrell, An Taisce’s Climate Action Officer, the Ambassador Programme “aims to increase awareness of the causes of climate change” and inform people as to what they can do to address the problem. “Through community engagement, the new Ambassadors will play their part in building sustainable Irish communities ready to meet the challenges of a changing climate,” he added.

Commenting on the launch of the new programme, the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten, T.D., said that the programme will “play a significant part in how we as a country try to deal with climate change”.

“Ireland is vulnerable to the effects of climate change and the impacts are serious: more storms, rising sea levels and changing weather,” he said. “A key goal for the Ambassadors is to increase awareness of the causes and outcomes of climate change. They will also undertake a number of actions to make their school, campus or community more resilient to climate change by improving their local environment.”

To find out more about the programme, please visit: www.climateambassador.ie

Rajat is currently undertaking his PhD in the School of Biosystems & Food Engineering on “Comparative analysis of the public and animal health risks associated with spreading anaerobic digestate”. He is being supervised by Assoc. Prof Enda Cummins.