Kildare Deputy Fiona OLoughlin applauded the sheer scale and engagement of school children last week, in a national climate change protest. The South Kildare TD stated this should be a warning to the Government that their lack of action on climate change will not be tolerated.
Deputy OLoughlin was commenting following a protest which saw thousands of children take to the streets of Dublin to protest outside Leinster House. A similar protest was held in Newbridge which Deputy O`Loughlin joined clearly demonstrated the appetite that exists among young people to tackle this issue.
Fiona said, “I was delighted to see so many young people mobilise against a problem which to-date this Government has failed to get to grips with. Climate Change Indices have shown time and time again over the past number of years that Ireland is way behind the curve when it comes to dealing with climate change.
Photo above shows Deputy O'Loughlin with Evonne Boland, Chair of Newbridge Tidy Towns with her children Anna and Thiago supporting climate change
“Put simply, we are bottom of the class and falling further and further behind as time goes by. Climate change is no longer something that affects people in far flung locations; it’s having an impact here in Ireland with unusual weather patterns including drought, freak storms and heavier than normal weather.
“The escalating consequences of climate change are grossly unfair to today’s younger generations in particular. If it continues, without immediate intervention, our young people will be robbed of a climate system capable of sustaining any standard of human life”, concluded Deputy O`Loughlin .
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