This Friday, thousands of students will be walking out of school to protest the Government's lack of attention to climate change. This will coincide with school strikes across the country for action on climate change. More than 21 protests will be staged around the country, with two large protests between 1 pm and 2 pm outside Leinster House and Cork City Hall.
These protests were inspired by the global protest that will be happening on the same day in 75 countries around the world, thanks to Greta Thunberg. Greta is a 16 year old political activist and school girl who made headlines after staging the first school strike outside the Swedish Parliament buildings in 2018. Thunberg has been at the center of climate action ever since, inspiring young people around the world to make a difference, and steering political attention towards climate change, which will affect people of Greta's age the most when they grow up.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he supported the strikes last week in the Dáil, saying he was "inspired" by the strikes.
The strikes, that are being organised mainly through social media, are school supported, with many classes being taken out of school to join the protests with the help of parents and teachers who are organising the events alongside FFF (Fridays For Future), School Strike 4 Climate, as well as the Schools’ Climate Action Network (SCAN), who are supporting the strikes on Friday whether they are outside official government buildings, or being staged in schools in solidarity with students protesting around the world.
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) 16 Meán Fómhair 2018
Greta Thunberg makes a very hard to swallow statement in her video promoting the school strikes this Friday that will throw you into a pit of desperation, but hey, that's the kind of action we need, she's not telling any lies.
Some people say that we should be in school instead, but why should we be studying for a future that soon will be no more, and when no one is doing anything what so ever to save that future. What is the point of learning fact within the school system, when the most important facts given by the finest science of that same school system clearly means nothing to our politicians and our society.
Schools all over the world, from 75 different countries will be protesting outside official government buildings and in their own schools to demand action on climate change before it's too late.