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President Michael D Higgins was due in Cork by train today to attend a climate change conference. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
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President Michael D Higgins was due in Cork by train today to attend a climate change conference. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
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Michael D to travel to Cork by train to attend climate change conference

President Michael D Higgins will be arriving in Cork tomorrow by train, to speak at a Climate Emergency conference at City Hall.

In Cork, the President will be met in Cork by Gardaí where he will be escorted to City Hall and then on to The Reel Cinema, Blackpool for a screening of the award-winning climate change documentary ‘The Great Green Wall’.

The President will be aiming to reduce his carbon footprint by leaving his State car behind. The train is considered to be a more environmentally friendly mode of transport than the car.

More than 200 people will attend today's conference, half of whom are teenagers. Adults from the Wilton Justice group, Elders for Earth, and others from around Cork will also participate.

The Great Green Wall documentary film won the audience award at the Sao Paulo Film Festival in Brazil.

The film is part-funded by Irish Aid and The Society of African Missions (SMA) through their Laudato Tree Project, are championing the film in partnership with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

The Tree Council of Ireland was granted permission to host a private screening of the film in Blackpool in honour of President Higgins.

Tomorrow, President Higgins will visit Kinsale Community School to unveil a sculpture of the 1916 Proclamation commissioned by the school as well as two plaques on the Kinsale Community School Wall of Fame.

The school has dedicated one of its halls to the President.