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16th November 2018 | Climate Change, Environment, Press Releases

Time to Rise Up and Defend Our Planet

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The Green Party are calling on citizens to rise up and make their voices heard this Saturday at a series of events scheduled to take place around the country as part of a national day of action to protest the lack of government leadership on climate change, habitat destruction, and over-exploitation of natural resources.

In a display of solidarity with the Extinction Rebellion movement in the UK, the Green Party will be joining forces with other political parties, NGOs, charities, trade unions, student unions, conservation groups, and environmentalists from all over the country to demand immediate government action in the wake of a series of disturbing reports from international expert bodies such as the World Wildlife Federation and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Family-friendly solidarity protests will be taking place at the following locations on Saturday:

Green Party Spokesperson for Environmental Protection, Senator Grace O’Sullivan: “We are in the midst of an ecological crisis brought about by climate change, pollution, and relentless habitat destruction. Humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations since 1970. We cannot stand idly by as ecosystems collapse and our life-support is switched off. This Saturday we will join with the many groups protesting in solidarity with Extinction Rebellion in the UK to demand the government leadership needed to deal with this existential crisis. It’s time for Ireland to have an Eco Rising.”

Green Party Leader, Eamon Ryan TD: “The time has come to stand up for our futures and for the future our planet. We can no longer sit back and accept our government’s continued apathy towards environmental issues, in the face of report after report outlining in no uncertain terms the far-reaching ramifications of climate breakdown and the devastating levels of destruction being wrought on our planet.”

Green Party Deputy Leader, Catherine Martin TD“In the absence of any real leadership from government on one of the most urgent issues facing humanity, and in solidarity with Extinction Rebellion in the UK, we are calling on people to become ‘conscientious protectors’ of people and planet; to stand up to climate inaction; and to stand with us and other environmental groups this Saturday at Dublin’s iconic Dead Zoo. It’s time to act.”