November 27, 2020
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‘Defining decade in our history’ – Kilkenny students to join day of action on climate change

 

Kilkenny people, and especially students, are being urged to join in a global day of action to put pressure on politicians to act on climate change.

This Friday, a climate strike will be held in Kilkenny, and a local councillor is asking people worried about the current state of the planet to show their support and challenging decision makers to take urgent action on climate change.

Local Green Party councillor, Malcolm Noonan, is appealing to the young people in Kilkenny to once again show their commitment to the environment, as they already have earlier this year, and make their voices heard in an effort to safeguard the planet for future generations.

“I have been inspired by the energy and commitment of the young people of Kilkenny, by young leaders who are calling their peers to act and holding we policymakers to account.

“The ‘Lights Climate Action’ group at Ossory Youth have been doing exceptional work in taking up the mantle laid down by Greta Thunberg and the ‘Fridays for Future’ movement. In the space of a little over a year, Greta has mobilised young people around the world to force system change.”

As another report on rising global greenhouse gas emissions comes out this week, the Green Party’s spokesperson on Local Government would like to see the young people in Kilkenny keep up the momentum they have created in the fight for change, by once again sending out a strong message, and he asks the schools in Kilkenny to accommodate those students who want to be involved.

“It is important now that the momentum builds and that young people from schools across the city and county come out on this coming Friday and make their voices heard loud and clear.

“The coming decade will be the defining decade in our history; either we make the deep and fundamental changes to our way of living, or we lose this great battle, and face into runaway climate change and mass extinction of species.

“It’s a stark choice! Our young people get it, but do we as decision makers?”

The global day of action takes place this coming Friday, November 29, with the Kilkenny rally being held at the town hall at 2pm.

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