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Wednesday, 18th September 2019

Drogheda climate activists strike to demand change

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Extinction Rebellion Drogheda organisers Orlagh Gaynor, Scott Murphy and Eoin Reid.

Drogheda strike to be part of the largest ever global environmental protest 

Drogheda climate activists have stated that the Climate Change Crisis is not going to go away and will continue to become more urgent until something happens. 

The members of Extinction Rebellion Drogheda, a faction of an international movement, were speaking head of a strike they have organised for 1.00 pm this Friday, September 20th outside St. Peter’s Church in West Street, Drogheda. 

The Drogheda demonstration will coincide with 150 marches, strikes and demonstrations planned globally as part of Sixteen year old climate activist Greta Thurnberg’s worldwide movement Fridays For Future. 

The combined demonstrations are likely to become one of the ‘largest environmental protests in history.” 

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The Drogheda activists said the problem of climate change will continue to get worse over the coming years if we do not act immediately. 

“Every bit of carbon that we have emitted into the atmosphere: 40% of it is going to still be there in a thousand years and will continue to heat up the planet” said Extinction Rebellion Drogheda spokesperson Orlagh Gaynor. 

“Which is why we are looking for such a drastic system change, and with one drastic change you have to take drastic measures as in ‘disrupting business as usual” for the planned strike this Friday. 

Eoin Reid, one of the co-founders of the Extinction Rebellion group in Drogheda stated that the march is not just about drastic change, it is also about educating and talking to the people of Drogheda in how they can help save future generations:

“The idea is to educate people so that [when] they go home and think about that and how it effects them in their everyday life. Rebelling comes across as somewhat of a strong term but if you cycle or walk to work once a week: you are rebelling against a system of driving to work every day.

“This is what we are doing. We have done a radio interview to get the word out. We spoke to a good few local councillors and even TDs. They [politicians] are actually very positive.

“You would kind of expect politicians to be wishy washy like: ‘I would love to go but I am actually too busy spending my money over here’. But they have actually been very supportive about what we have been talking about. I am hoping a good few turn up.”

Sixteen year old climate activist Greta Thunberg at a “Fridays For Future” demonstration in Berlin in March. Her book “No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference” has motivated students and young people around the world, including Drogheda, to demand action on climate change.

Extinction Rebellion Drogheda and Fridays For Future are asking the people of Drogheda and its surrounding areas to walk out of schools, workplaces and homes to join them in calling for climate justice.

Nationally, they are calling on our government to

  1. Tell the truth about the extent of the climate and ecological emergency. They must then work with the media to communicate this effectively to citizens.
  2. Enact legally binding measures to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025.  This must be done as part of a Just Transition, so that the biggest polluters take the brunt of the changes while the most vulnerable in our society are protected.
  3. Use the Citizens’ Assembly to oversee the changes as part of creating a democracy fit for purpose.

Extinction Rebellion is an international movement that uses passive means of civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimise the risk of social collapse.

This article was written by Emmet Banahan

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