Anti-climate change kids reach a boiling point as they take to the Dail

by Rachel Darcy

Last Friday, thousands of young people from across the county took to the city’s streets in the latest strike for climate change in an effort to encourage Irish lawmakers to battle climate change.

It’s thought that up to 10,000 people took part, which was part of a globally co-ordinated protest, originally kickstarted by Swedish teenager Greta Thunburg outside parliamentary buildings in Sweden eight months ago.

More than 2,000 events took place across the planet in more than 105 countries as part of the global movement.

Each month on an allocated Friday, thousands of young people are asked to pound the pavements in an attempt to make their governments listen to their concerns about the future of the planet.

At last Friday’s march, colourful signs lined the streets as crowds amassed to demand change in Dublin that would allow Ireland to become a world leader in combating climate change.

The strikes were organised by volunteers using social media, most of whom were second level students.

St Stephen’s Green began filling up with protesters half an hour before the strike got underway, around midday, with many young people turning up to march alongside their classmates, teachers and parents.

Marchers then proceeded to the Dail, where students from all across the country addressed the crowd.

The Minister for the Environment, Richard Bruton, met with protesters outside Leinster House and praised the “passion and engagement” of the crowd.

However, the demonstrators said they do not want words, but action to be taken by the Government.

The Minister admitted in 2018 that Ireland is far off course to meet environmental targets, and that a “huge step-up” is needed from the Government to avoid missing vital emissions targets, and to evade paying huge fines.

Fianna Fail Dublin Spokesperson, John Lahart has said the Government needs to examine how young people’s views can be more widely heard.

Deputy Lahart said: “Young people growing up in Dublin deserve to know that climate change ranks high on our public agenda.

“Collective action is crucial to making a difference and young people in the Capital are the very best suited to lead the way.”

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