Students from schools across Ireland are joining the global Schools Strike for Climate Action
next Friday 15th March. As well as marches in Dublin and Cork there will be strike events outside local authority offices in counties
from Tralee to Donegal, Meath to Galway, and locally at school gates across the country.
This global strike was called by the 16 year-old schoolgirl
Greta Thunberg who began striking outside the Swedish Parliament last August.
The rising wave of students striking on March 15th follows on from many smaller strikes that have
been taking place over the
past three months in Ireland, organised by grassroots groups that are emerging organically and
coordinating as best they can. These include two autonomous groups,
Fridays for Future (1) and School Strikes 4 Climate (2) as well as the Schools’
Climate Action Network (3), which is a studentdriven network of young people in Ireland,
whose schools support them in their
decision to strike for climate action.
Molly Mercier-Redmond, a 2nd year student from North Wicklow Educate Together and Press Officer, said:
‘If the leaders of our country are not willing to act, then we have no choice but to step up to the
plate and demand action.
We have always been taught that adults know best, but the truth is, they are the ones ignoring
climate scientists and
destroying our future! Please join us and see what a difference we can make!’
On Wednesday March 6th a group of 40 students from around Ireland met in Dublin to discuss
their demands and later
presented six key demands to TDs and senators at Daíl Eireann in advance of the strike.
Their discussion were based on
the results of a survey (4) which was sent to students across the country.
The students demanded that:
1. The Government ensures all fossil fuels are left in the ground and should not allow any new
fossil fuel infrastructure to be
built and that Ireland uses 100% renewable electricity by 2030.
2.The Government declares a climate emergency, communicates the severity of the ecological
crisis to the general public
and reforms the primary and post primary educations systems to address the need for ecological literacy.
The government must prioritise the protection of life on Earth, taking active steps to achieve
3. The Government makes transitioning to a CO2-neutral Ireland socially fair. We demand of the government that it takes its
responsibility seriously and avoids having regular citizens carry all the burden towards
transitioning to a sustainable society.
4. The Government implements all the recommendations of the
Citizens’ Assembly on Climate Change. As this is a
climate emergency, we demand that the recommendations be implemented immediately.
5. The Government creates and enforces stronger regulations on corporations that are causing the
climate crisis and ensure a transformation to reduce emissions from agriculture in Ireland.
6. The Government implements a Green New Deal and ensures that after leaving school, all young
people in Ireland can have livelihoods that don’t damage the Earth.
These demands will continue to evolve as the network grows and more students get involved in
deciding which demands to prioritise.
Cian Parry, a 5th year student from Newpark Comprehensive School stated,
‘The urgency of this situation necessitates
direct and immediate action. On Friday the 15th you have the opportunity to take part in history
when schools all over the world will be brought to a standstill by students walking out and
joining protests against their respective governments.’
Maisy MorganSutton (14), a 2nd year student from Cork Educate Together Secondary School said,
‘The Earth isn’t dying,
it’s being killed. The government is doing nothing and then blaming us for our personal choices.
Sustainability isn’t a luxury
– if we fail now there is no undo button. If you truly cared for your kids you’d fight for their future.’
A map of national events has been created. This facility allows for decentralised student-led events to be mapped nationally.
The march on the 15th, is a Global event, called by Fridays for Future and, as such, is public in nature.
Some schools, responding to requests, have chosen to support and accompany their students who
have decided to take part.
Naturally, these schools cannot take any responsibility for students that are not in their care.
For general information:
While the Schools’ Climate Action Network includes many more schools, due to
time constraints this press release has
been issued by six schools in the network; North Wicklow Educate Together
Cork Educate Together Secondary School, Stepaside Educate Together
St.Michael’s College in Dublin,
Newpark Comprehensive School and Coláiste Bríde, Enniscorthy.