A 78-YEAR-OLD Kildare woman has gone on hunger strike outside of Dáil Éireann in protest at the Irish government’s failure to address climate change.
Patricia Devlin from Monasterevin is calling on the authorities to take immediate action on the issue and the imminent ecological emergency scientists are warning threatens millions of species across the planet.
A member of Extinction Rebellion Ireland, Devilin is protesting alongside a large photograph of her grandchildren in an effort to highlight the impact climate change will have on future generations.
The protest is also designed as a warn at the vulnerability of the global food supply and the potential impact extreme weather conditions could have on these resources.
She is protesting alongside a “Climate Hunger Strike” poster and a copy of the letter she has sent to Minister Richard Bruton urging him to meet with Extinction Rebellion.
Patricia Devlin is a 78 year old grandmother of two who will begin a #HungerStrike in front of the Dáil Wednesday.
‘My main motivation to go on hunger strike is my anxiety for the future of our planet and in particularly the legacy I am leaving for my grandchildren’ pic.twitter.com/L2SkKABavD
— Paul McCormack Cooney (@PaulMcCC) November 19, 2019
Devlin explained that the protest is a result of "insufficient action" on the part of Irish political leaders.
"My main motivation to go on hunger strike is my anxiety for the future of our planet and in particularly the legacy I am leaving for my grandchildren,” she added.
The decision was not taken likely, with Devlin undergoing a check-up with her doctor before deciding to stage the action.
Devlin is being supported by other Extinction Rebellion Ireland activists who will hold up banners and placards throughout her hunger strike.