Irish climate school strikers to continue this summer


June 14th, 2019

Ireland’s teenage climate activists
have announced a new date for a national student strike to highlight the issue
of climate change.

In concert with other student
activists in several European cities, Irish schoolchildren will hold a new
nationwide climate strike on June 21.

Fridays for Future, an organising
group for teenage climate revolt in Ireland, has said that the new protest is part
of a “series of demonstrations happening over the summer”.

Beth Doherty, an active, 16-year-old
climate activist from Dublin, said that the end of the school year would not
signify an end to the movement, even though the youth protest is rooted in the
notion of striking from class to highlight the threat of climate change.

“This movement doesn’t stop
with the school year the same way climate breakdown doesn’t stop when it’s
inconvenient for politicians to talk about it,” Ms Doherty said.

Ms Doherty said that summer protests
would send a strong message to politicians who have criticised student activism
as a ploy to avoid school. “Politicians dismiss young people, dismiss the
movement, this isn’t an excuse to skip school,” she said.

“We come out every Friday, we’ll come out every summer, and we’ll come out until our futures are safe.”

Cork climate strike march Photo: Shamim Malekmian

Referring to the recent declaration
of a climate and biodiversity emergency by the Dail, Theo Cullen-Mouze from
Clare Island said that student activists are “determined” to make
“politicians and our Government follow through on their words”.

“You can’t declare an emergency
and continue business as usual. That’s not how emergencies work,” Mr
Cullen-Mouze said.

Fridays for Future has also said
that since the recent state of climate emergency declared by the Government,
politicians have shown what the group described as “allergic”
symptoms to “anything resembling tangible action on climate

Calling on student activists across
Ireland to act, the group said that Irish students refuse to accept the
“flagrant denial of the urgency of the climate crisis” reflected in
politicians’ behaviour.

The group stated that it would
announce all the dates for its slated summer climate rallies shortly. The
student climate revolt is inspired by pioneering climate activist Greta
Thunberg, whose refusal to attend school on Friday and instead protest outside
the Swedish Parliament instead.

Thunberg’s act of civil disobedience
has influenced millions of children around the world to do the same.

About the Author

Shamim Malekmian

Shamim is a Senior Reporter at The Green News and a contributing writer to the Irish Examiner, Cork Evening Echo and the Dublin Inquirer.

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