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Ireland Climate strike: 'It is our future. It is everybody's future' - Thousands of Irish students join millions around the world in protest

16:30  20 september  2019
16:30  20 september  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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Thousands of young people are expected to take part in school strikes across Scotland and The Scottish government said it was "pleased to see our young people actively engaging on the issue of "They describe the stark reality of climate breakdown and what it means for the world ' s future , their

a person holding a stop sign: Rory Rusnak, 14, from Sutton Park School at a protest organised by Stop Climate Chaos Coalition in Dublin, Ireland. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire Rory Rusnak, 14, from Sutton Park School at a protest organised by Stop Climate Chaos Coalition in Dublin, Ireland. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Several thousand students gathered in Cork this morning for the global climate change protest - with one eager group of teenagers having travelled from Ballyduff, Co Waterford to show their solidarity for the cause.

Sixth-year student Rachel Kingston and her friends Saidbh Corcoran, Freya Farrar and Fiadh Daly travelled to the city to register their protest at what they perceive as the failure of the Government to take strong action on the environment.

Rachel said she was surprised that some students still do not know a lot about the climate change crisis. 

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Thousands of Irish students are joining a global protest for action to tackle climate change on Friday which will see public gatherings staged at more than 37 “They house our future decision makers and the people who will be most affected by climate change,” its director Oisín Coghlan said.

" Climate change is the largest threat to our lives, our future and our world ," she said. "In 2018, severe floods affected the coastal state of Kerala killing hundreds and injuring thousands . It is suspected that a 2 degrees Celsius rise in world ’ s temperature will make India’ s monsoon ever more

"We are from Waterford and most people in our school wouldn't know about it. It is important to raise awareness. We came here with my mum. It is shocking that there are people who don't know what is going on. Or people who are saying 'Who is Greta Thunberg?' and you think 'How do people not know that?'

a group of people standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: Sadhbh O'Connell , 10, from Scoil Mhuire School at a protest organised by Stop Climate Chaos Coalition in Dublin, Ireland. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire Sadhbh O'Connell , 10, from Scoil Mhuire School at a protest organised by Stop Climate Chaos Coalition in Dublin, Ireland. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

"When we look back on this day we are not going to be thinking about missing a day of school. We are going to thinking that we turned up for a great cause."

Fiadh said their school has a Greens School Committee and recycling bins in place, but naturally the Leaving Certificate is at the forefront of teachers minds.

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Saidbh said she is grateful for the support of her parents, who told her she could take the day off to attend.

Meanwhile, transition-year student Juliusz Milewski from Clonakilty Community School in Co Cork says it is important for students to do more than pay lip service to the cause.

a group of people posing for a photo: Pupils from Colaiste Bride School at a protest organised by Stop Climate Chaos Coalition in Dublin, Ireland. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire Pupils from Colaiste Bride School at a protest organised by Stop Climate Chaos Coalition in Dublin, Ireland. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

"It is looking like the numbers will be big today because it is an international event. The numbers increase every single time.

"Students themselves need to do things. Some people just eat bags of crisps and don't even put the bags in the (recycling) bin.

"I would suspect that some people came here today as a doss. I think the more we have these protests the more people will increase their awareness. That said, most of my generation are conscious of the environment. "

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She added: “ It is our duty to not only act for those in the UK and our futures , but for everyone. Méabh Mackenzie is organising a protest with about 30 fellow pupils from Daliburgh primary school “I think all the striking around the world will let politicians and lawmakers know that they have to do In Belgium, thousands of workers will be striking to join the school students ’ protest in locations

“This is the challenge of our future . It remains up to individual trade unions to decide what action to take and organisers say it is unclear Friday’ s global strike marks the start of a week of climate protests around the world , culminating in a second global day of action, labelled Earth Strike , on 27

Junior Certificate student Anna Keyes from Carrigaline, Co Cork, said it was important not to be complacent about the environment. Her school, Edmund Rice College, encouraged students to attend the protest.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, centre, marches with other young climate activists (Susan Walsh/AP) Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, centre, marches with other young climate activists (Susan Walsh/AP)

"We have seen the effect of climate change and we have seen that it takes children to take a stand. It is our future. It is everybody's future.

"People are living in areas that have already been affected by climate change. We have to fight for them as well."

Fellow Junior Certificate student Charlie McCarthy said climate change can't be allowed to fall out of the headlines.

"I am here because I want to fight for everyone's future and to make a difference. It is a big problem, but it doesn't get the coverage it needs."

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The protest was also attended by families. Sabina Menz from Crosshaven, Co Cork mother of Finbarr and Lyla who are aged two and four, said that it was vital to create a better world for future generations,

"I wish that people would take care of our children's future. There are many things we can do that we don't even know about."

Protestors in Cork held banners and placards bearing messages such as "The Emperor has No Clothes," "No Planet B" and "System Change not Climate Change."

The school strike movement started in August of last year when Greta Thunberg, then 15, held a solo protest outside the Swedish Parliament. Now, up to 70,000 school children each week hold protests in 270 towns and cities worldwide.

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