Climate Ambassador Peter Bracken Wins Outstanding Achievement Award

In 2022, Climate Ambassadors completed 661 climate actions, directly engaging over 274,000 people, creating 2,671 climate communications, and reaching an estimated 5.6 million people!

Climate Ambassador Peter Bracken Wins Outstanding Achievement Award
Peter Bracken was recognised for an outstanding achievement at the Climate Ambassador Awards 2022.

The Climate Ambassador Awards were held on Friday, November 18th, serving to recognise the tremendous effort and dedication demonstrated throughout the year. Each Climate Ambassador received a certificate of recognition, with an additional twelve outstanding awards presented to teams and individuals from swap shops and flash mobs to musicians and artists, sports stars, farmers, social entrepreneurs, community activists, businesses and universities. One of the recipients is Peter Bracken, originally from Tullamore, Offaly, and now based in Castlebar, Mayo. 

Peter is a former European Rugby Champions Cup winner, Munster, Connacht, Wasps and Ireland A international rugby player. He has previously coached a women’s rugby 6 nations team to a grand slam and is interested in linking sport with the environment. Over the summer he took on a mighty challenge where he drove a fully electric car to all 241 rugby clubs in Ireland to promote biodiversity and sustainability within Irish rugby clubs and to remove Irish people’s fear of electric vehicle “charging anxiety”. He takes on various electric driving adventures which link sport, electric vehicles and the environment. These challenges aim to prove how practical electric vehicles are in Ireland and bust the various myths surrounding them. He also interviews sports people in electric cars, talks about their sporting careers and what they are doing in their own personal lives to be more “eco-friendly”; all with the aim of using the power and influence of sport to inspire people to make sustainable choices.

About the Climate Ambassador Programme

191 citizens were chosen to be Climate Ambassadors in 2022. The programme, which has been in operation since 2018, has become stronger over time as Climate Ambassadors have acquired crucial skills and confidence to take action, motivating others to follow in their footsteps along the way.

Climate Ambassadors receive training at the start of the year in climate science, solutions and communications which enables them to carry out climate actions. Throughout the year they are asked to undertake four key actions – two climate communications and two climate actions, though many participants get involved in many more projects. This programme allows individuals to join a strong network of dedicated people who share knowledge, gain insight from one another, and forge long lasting relationships.

The Climate Ambassador Programme is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is funded by the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications. The programme trains and supports individuals to become climate leaders in their community. The programme has trained over 800 Climate Ambassadors since 2018.

The Environmental Education Unit operates all FEE programmes in Ireland – (Green-Schools, Green-Campus, Blue Flag, LEAF, YRE) along with national education and awareness raising programmes such National Spring Clean, Clean Coasts, IBAL, Climate Ambassador, GLOBE and Neat Streets.

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