Youth demand a better future

Hundreds of schoolchildren from around the county congregated in front of the court house in Dundalk calling on the Government to take action on climate change.
The protest was organised by Donal McKenny and Conor Bailey from Ardee Community School and involved schoolchildren leaving their classrooms at 11:30am to attend the protest at Market Square. Pupils from Ardee Community School, St Vincents, St Louis, Colaiste Lú, the Bush and the Grammar were amongst those in attendance as well as a number of local councillors and local TD Peter Fitzpatrick.
According to Conor Bailey from Ardee Community School the protest was inspired by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg who staged a series of strikes over climate change at her school. That protest inspired schools from all over Europe to follow suit and on Friday last schools from all over Ireland took to the streets demanding action from government with regards to climate change.
“We wanted to get involved because we feel the Government are not doing enough and it is us who are going to bear the brunt of whatever problems are coming our way. Rather than just talk about doing something we need to act now. The world’s leading climate scientists have warned that within 12 years the planet faces serious issues if global warming increases by as little as 1.5C. That is why we are here today and we are urging the government to listen to us and take action,” stated Conor.
Green Party councillor Mark Dearey also spoke at the protest and commended the pupils for taking to the streets in the name of climate change
“I was part of a similar protest here at the Square back in 1992 and we were talking about the same things back then. We’ve known about these issues for a long time and we’ve known that the systems we use to entertain/transport ourselves are destroying our climate. I am so encouraged with today’s protest. We need to rediscover a collective sense of responsibility. We’ve all given you promises here today and you need to continue to watch us and make sure we follow through on what we say,” stated Mark.
Sinn Féin councillor, Ruairí Ó Murchú, described the planet as a ‘ticking timebomb’ and echoed previous speakers in saying that the time for lip service is over. He urged the Government to commit to phase out the role of fossil fuels before commending the protesters for getting out and showing how much they care about the planet.
Independent TD Peter Fitzpatrick spoke about the serious issues we have had locally with regards to flooding and urged everybody to ‘put their shoulder to the wheel’ to help reduce the damage we are doing to our planet. His former party colleague John McGahon also spoke about the issues facing the human race and noted that this was a non-partisan issue which was not about petty party rivalries.

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