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15th February 2019 | Climate Change

Greens hail children taking back their futures

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The Green Party has today expressed support for the hundreds of school children across Ireland who are taking part in an international school strike for climate action.

Friday, February 15th: Following the lead of 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg, thousands of students across Europe have been taking part in climate strikes, and growing numbers of Irish students have been rallying outside the Dáil on Friday afternoons, under the banner ‘Fridays for Future’.

Today saw the first international mobilisation of the Youth for Climate movement, and students in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Meath walked out of classes this morning; some gathering at their school gates, others marching, and still more gathering outside the Dáil. A larger mobilisation is planned for March 15th.

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has been supporting students outside the Dáil each Friday, and today had this to say:

“I’ve been heartened to see the numbers of secondary school children gathered at the gates of Leinster House growing from week to week as part of ‘Fridays for Future’, and earlier this week we saw over 300 primary school children rally outside the Dáil. These children are showing leadership where the government has shown none, and they are calling on us — as legislators and as adults — to take action on their behalves.

“Government inaction has failed today’s children; they are set to inherit a broken planet. It’s inspiring to see the next generation engage with this issue with an urgency that has been lacking from their parents’ generation. We need to act now – boldly, bravely, and with ambition, inspired by what these children are doing.

“They are fighting for their futures, and as many of those taking part have said, striking is the only power that they have. They have no vote. We need to step up to the plate and ensure that we deliver the action they are demanding.”