Youth take charge of climate change protests

Hundreds of Dundalk students congregated in front of the court-house in Dundalk calling on the Government to take action on climate change.
This is the latest in a series of protests organised by students all over the country as they try and put pressure on the government to do more to save our planet. Students from schools all over town as well as members of the general public joined forces on Friday afternoon to chant slogans and hold up banners to try and get their message across. De La Salle student Peter McGuinness was one of the organisers of the event and he explained exactly why he and his fellow students felt the need to protest.
“We are striking as part of a global movement inspired by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg. Our protest involved many students from around the Dundalk area who left school at 12:30pm to fight for our future. We were pleased to see many members of the public attend our protest as well as local representatives who came out to support us.
“Anyone who has an interest in the future of the planet should be coming out and making their voices heard. It is so important that we create awareness of the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced. People can follow our Instagram account @fridaysforfuturedundalk for any updates,” stated Peter.
Peter, a 6th year student in the De La Salle College insisted that students will continue protesting in the fight for climate action until a future is secured for us
“I am pleased to say we had a huge turnout with representation from many different schools including: St. Vincent’s, De La Salle, Coláiste Cúchulainn, Ardee Community school, Coláiste Rís, Coláiste Lú and third level students from DKIT Student’s Union. There were also local councillors and politicians present as well as members of the general public. The strike was spearheaded by “Friday’s for Future Dundalk”, a group of young people from different schools in the town who are inspired by the Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg.
“Speeches were made by Laura Halpenn from Ardee Community School, Eoghan Smyth (DLS) and Matthew Geraghty (DLS). The students explained the nature of the problems we are facing as a result of the climate crisis. They urged political leaders to start taking immediate, radical action.
“A huge amount of effort went into organising this protest and it was a great success. This protest coincided with similar protests happening all over the world. It is estimated that 4 million students across the world took to the streets to protest for climate action on Friday.
The students of Dundalk will persist in the fight for climate action until a future is secured for us on this planet,” promised Peter.

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