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CLIMATE: Young people skip school to strike for climate change action

School pupils across the country will be skipping school today to strike for climate change action.

The protests are scheduled for Dublin, Cork and Galway city centres.

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This will be many students’ first time participating in the protests, which were halted as a result of the pandemic.

Leading the movement ‘Fridays for Future’ which took place every Friday since 2018, Saoirse Exton (16) said that the Covid-19 pandemic had a significant impact on the strike.

“For me, Covid was really difficult, because I had to stop the weekly strikes. There was just not enough connection between people. People just weren’t really coming, unfortunately.”

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The movement began when activist Greta Thunberg skipped school and sat outside the Swedish parliament to demand climate action.

In September 2019, the movement reached a peak when 7 million people participated worldwide, including 30,000 in Ireland, becoming one of the largest global protests in history.

Stating that the Irish government is not taking enough action on climate change, Saoirse stated that she will be attending the protest in Dublin.

“I think it’s honourable that they are actually thinking about it, but I do think they need to take more action,”.

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