Over one hundred Wicklow students took part in a ‘Strike for Climate Change’ protest outside the Wicklow County Council office in Bray today. The schools included St.Gerards, Woodbrook College, St. Andrews N.S and Bray School Project N.S.
The Bray strike was part of a nationwide demonstration which saw thousands of students around the country protest against Government inaction on climate change. The strikes and demonstrations are part of a global movement ignited by 16-year-old Swedish student Greta Thunberg, who initiated Friday protests outside the Swedish parliament eight months ago.
After the protest, organiser and independent local election candidate, Rory O’Connor delivered a petition with over one hundred signatures to Wicklow County Council asking them to take action against climate change with immediate effect.
Rory O’Connor said: “It’s great to see so many young people come out locally to support this. It makes a huge statement about the future of our community with so many environmentally minded people choosing to make a change in their community. We’ve seen this countless times before, where grass-root organisations can create national priorities by heaping political pressure on locally. Let’s hope Wicklow County Council listen and take action.”
Rory is a first-time candidate running in the local elections on May 24th.