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Global Climate Strike Ireland: here’s everything you need to know


by Erin Lindsay
18th Sep 2019
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The world’s children are calling on adults to take charge of the global climate emergency — here’s how you can get involved in the Climate Strike in Ireland on September 20


With news that temperatures may reach an unseasonably warm 23 degrees this weekend, what better way to experience it than with a work walk-out?

It’s no secret that the effects of climate change have made themselves massively known in 2019 — from a record-breaking 37 degrees in London to Amazon rainforest fires, it’s terrifying to watch the possibilities of the planet’s future reveal themselves.

 

 

But what’s reassuring is that sustainability has become a massive buzzword for 2019, and people around the world of all ages are beginning to take action. Perhaps the most famous figure of the climate action movement is just 16 years old — Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who rose to fame late last year for her protest outside the Swedish parliament that called for stronger action against climate change.

Since then, Greta has taken her message worldwide, and has become the figurehead for a global movement of positive environmental action. And now, she’s asking us all to follow her lead and stage our own protest against inaction from governments and powers around the world.

What is the Global Climate Strike?

Thunberg wasn’t the first child to take place in a strike against climate change, but every Friday leading up to the Swedish election, she would skip school to take to the streets to protest, gathering steam for other similar movements around the world. In March, students in 2000 cities took the day off school to stage a protest, with smaller demonstrations taking place over the summer. Now, organisers are calling for adults to get involved, to take the day off work and take to the streets in solidarity with climate change activists.

When and where is it taking place?

There are two global strikes taking place to coincide with an emergency climate action summit at the UN this week. The strikes will be September 20 (this Friday) and 27 (next Friday).

Demonstrations are taking place in cities all around the world, and there are no less than 16 protests in Ireland alone on Friday. Here are the details of each one:

  • Athlone: At 3 pm at the Athlone Civic Centre (Library/Council offices)
  • Carlow: At 1 pm at Carlow Town Hall
  • Limerick: At 1 pm from Arthur’s Quay Park to City Hall
  • Navan: From 1 pm to 3 pm at Market Square
  • Galway: At 12 pm at Eyre Square
  • Cavan: At 12 pm from the County Council
  • Tramore: At 12 pm from the Holy Cross Church, Summerhill
  • Tramore Beach: From 11 am
  • Drogheda: At 1 pm outside St. Peter’s church
  • Dundalk: From 12:30 pm to 3 pm in the Market Square
  • Tralee: From 9 am to 2 pm outside Council Houses
  • Dublin: Multiple protests around the city
    • Dundrum: At 10 am on Main Street
    • Phibsboro: At 12 pm on Nelson Street
    • Dun Laoghaire: At 3 pm at the Town Hall
    • Dublin city centre (main strike): From midday from the Customs House to Merrion Square

How can I get involved?

Simply use Global Climate Strike’s interactive map to find the protest closest to you, RSVP and let your employer know why you won’t be in work on Friday. Head to the march and let your voice be heard.

 

Featured image: Twitter


Read more: Why Greta Thunberg is my idol – for more reasons than climate activism

Read more10 easy switches you can make to live a more sustainable life

Read more: #WorldEnvironmentDay: Five important articles worth reading today

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