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Thursday, 5th September 2019

Drogheda students doing their bit to save the planet

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Scott Murphy, Mark McGuffin and Eoin Reid who have formed a Drogheda branch of Extinction Rebellion, the worldwide youth campaign to combat climate change and global warming. They have organised a protest for West Street on September 20th.

Climate strike planned for Friday 20th September on West Street

Three Drogheda students, Scott Murphy, Mark McGuffin and Eoin Reid have joined the worldwide youth campaign to combat climate change and global warming and they are encouraging other like-minded souls to join them.

The trio, all of them ex St. Josephs CBS students, have formed a branch of the Extinction Rebellion environmental movement in Drogheda and are organising a climate strike for Friday 20th September on West Street outside St Peter's Church as part of a Global Day of Rebellion against the climate crisis and they are hoping that as many people as possible will join them.

“Extinction Rebellion is a non-violent direct action group calling on our local and national government to take action against the climate crisis which is the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced” said spokesperson Scott Murphy.  

“We are facing an unprecedented global emergency. Scientists are clear that we are in a period of rapid climate breakdown and in the midst of a mass extinction of our own making.

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“While our government should be taking decisive action to rapidly bring down carbon emissions, they are instead refusing to pass legislation and take the actions needed which would allow us to do this.

“Conventional politics has failed us because the vested political and economic interests of governing politicians prevent change.  We must therefore use a strategy of non-violent civil disobedience - a rebellion against this toxic system which is killing our planet.”  

“We are organising this in tandem with Fridays for the Future Drogheda – a local branch of secondary student activists organising and striking to bring about climate justice. 

"We are asking you, the people of Drogheda and its surrounding areas, to walk out of your schools, workplaces and homes to join us in the climate strike” they said.

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.

Locally, they are calling on Louth and Meath County Councillors to declare a climate and ecological emergency, as Wicklow County Council has recently done, and to put the climate and ecological crisis at the top of their political agendas.

“We are calling on local politicians to officially support climate strikers, as recently declared on Belfast City Council, and to enact progressive environmental policy changes in our area. 

“These include better cycling infrastructure, improved local bus services, more recycling facilities and strong measures to tackle the ecological crisis such as the increased planting of wildflower and trees. 

“If you would like to get involved with Extinction Rebellion Drogheda and/or Fridays for the Future Drogheda, we would be delighted to have you on board.” 

“You can do this by joining our climate strike at 1pm on Friday September 20th in the town.  You can also check out our Facebook page Extinction Rebellion Drogheda and our Instagram account extinctionrebelliondrogheda. 

You can find Fridays for the Future Drogheda on Instagram at fridaysforfuture_drogheda.

“If we fail to act now, we face global floods, wildfires, extreme weather, crop failure, mass displacement and the breakdown of society. The time for inaction is over. It is time to act.”

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