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Local students to take part in global strike for climate action

Local students to take part in global strike for climate action

The Fridays for Future group in Dundalk will be holding a school strike for climate action today from 12:30pm to 3pm at the Market Square in Dundalk.

This strike will be similar to those held previously in the town centre and will coincide with thousands of students around the country and the world making similar demonstrations for climate change at the same time.

This is the third such climate strike organised by Irish school students.

They will be supported and joined by a wide range of adult organisations included trade unions, faith based organisations, environmental activist groups, and other non- government organisations.

Students in more than 130 countries around the world are expected to take to the streets to pile pressure on governments everywhere to take urgent action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change.

An estimated 1.6 million young people participated in the last global strike in over 2,000 cities worldwide last March.

The global strike, inspired by Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, is timed to apply pressure on world leaders attending Monday’s United Nations Emergency Climate Summit in New York.

In Ireland, students will assemble from around noon in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Waterford, Drogheda, Navan, Dundalk, Belfast and many other towns before marching to rallies in central locations, with the demonstrations in most places expected to last for two to three hours.

Sixth year student Peter McGuinness from the De La Salle said: “We are striking as part of a global campaign to bring about awareness about the climate crisis and to fight for climate action.

“This is a youth led movement inspired by Greta Thunberg. This protest will involve many students in the Dundalk area who will leave school on Friday the 20th of September to fight for their future.

“We would also encourage all members of the general public to attend and join us in our protest.It is a general strike which means not only students are encouraged to attend.

“Anyone who has an interest in the future of this planet should attend this event. It is so important that we create awareness of the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced,” said Peter.