Dundrum climate group calls for volunteers ahead of global strike

by Gary Ibbotson

Every Friday morning, a group of local people gather on Main Street, Dundrum to raise awareness of the current climate crisis.

Ever since Easter, and whatever the weather, the group host a vigil and show support for school students all over the world who participate in climate strikes on Friday mornings, demanding stronger government action to tackle climate change.

In a brochure produced by the group, they call on the Irish Government to combat the climate crisis.

It reads: “In the last 2 months, the Irish Government did declare a climate emergency and published a national Climate Action Plan, much of which is positive.

“But its proposals must be translated into binding legislation and urgent action. We will hold the Government to account if they fail to protect the earth and our future.”

Often consisting of parents, grandparents, and teachers, the support group says many of the volunteers have been involved in environmental campaigns in the past but are spurred back into action by the students’ actions.

With the Global Climate Strike scheduled for September 20, the Dundrum group are now calling on new members to join them.

Over millions of people in thousands of cities in 150 countries are due to take part in the strike aimed at demanding more governmental action.

Organisation for the strike is currently underway in Dublin and Dundrum and the local group are calling on anyone who shares the group’s concerns to join on Friday mornings from 10:15am to 11:15am and can get in touch at dundrumclimatevigil@mail.com.

The September strike follows on from the May protest where 1263 locations in 107 countries saw demonstrations take place.

Flossie Donnelly, a 12 year-old beach clean activist who has been participating in the Friday strikes for most of the year says that “lots of kids are very worried about climate change, about species going extinct, about plastics in the ocean and rising CO2.

“I understand because I’m worried too. The answer is to do something – local action works.

“One person can’t fix a global problem, but millions of people acting locally can.”

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