Thousands of Irish students skip school to protest for action on climate change

Thousands of Irish students skip school to protest for action on climate change

STUDENTS ACROSS Ireland have taken to the streets as part of a worldwide protect calling for more government action against climate change.

The third protest of its kind to be held this year, following similar demonstrations in March and May, the young protestors are calling on politicians and businesses take drastic action to halt global warming, with scientists warning that the current trend will lead to an environmental catastrophe.

Thousands of students from cities and towns across Ireland have taken part in the strike, supported by trade unions, environmental activist groups, faith-based organisations and other non- government organisations.

Groups of students assembled around noon in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Waterford, Drogheda, Navan, Dundalk and Belfast to name but a few as part of demonstrations planned in over 50 towns in 18 counties across Ireland.

The strike was organised by three student groups - Friday's for Future Ireland, School Strikes for Climate Ireland, and Schools Climate Action Network .

They are also being supported by Stop Climate Chaos, Forsa Trade Union, SIPTU, The Irish Congress of trade Unions, the Students Union of Ireland, Extinction Rebellion and many more groups as organising partners.

However, it’s not proven entirely popular with everyone in Ireland. Though some schools and third level institutions have already decided not to penalise students taking part, according to The Irish Times Blackrock College had warned parents not to let their children take part.

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton said: "I have heard the voices of those protesting today. By being a powerful voice, they are paying testament to the damage that is being done to their inheritance."