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West Cork students among thousands of climate strikers

Friday, 15th March, 2019 2:43pm
West Cork students among thousands of climate strikers

Students from Skibbereen Community School marched through town. Credit: Andrew Harris

Thousands of students, including many from West Cork, marched on Cork city today as part of a global School Strike for Climate Action.

Saoi O’Connor, a 16-year-old TY student at Skibbereen Community School, has been among those protesting for over two months and she spoke to Youtube channel Green News at today's event.

Cllr Christoper O'Sullivan from Clonakilty was also at the rally and he posted the below video to his Facebook page.

This global strike was called by the 16-year-old schoolgirl Greta Thunberg who began striking outside the Swedish Parliament last August.

Strikes were also organised by Skibbereen and Schull Community schools

The rising wave of students striking on Friday follows on from many smaller strikes that have been taking place over the past three months in Ireland, organised by grassroots groups that are emerging organically.

Among the student demands are that the Government declares a climate emergency, communicates the severity of the ecological crisis to the general public and reforms the primary and post-prima