TEENAGE climate change activist Greta Thunberg has declined County Hall’s invitation to appear before them through video link.
Responding to the council’s request through a spokesperson, Greta explained she would be unable to engage with Cork County Council due to her busy schedule.
Fianna Fáil councillor Seamus McGrath, said, in reaction to the news, that it was understandable as Ms Thunberg was now an international figure with an enormous amount of requests.
“The council was right to highlight the issue and extend the invitation but we must prioritise environmental issues and our plans in relation to climate change,” he said.
Mr McGrath said it was important to keep momentum behind green initiatives.
“The results of the general election shows that the public care deeply about the issue and we must follow through on plans such as sustainable travel, retrofitting houses, and installing Led lighting across the county.”
Fine Gael councillor Liam O’Connor also spoke to The Echo, following Ms Thunberg’s response, saying while speaking to Greta would have been both inspiring and educational, there were other local figures that could be invited if the council wanted to discuss environmental issues in more detail.
“A visit or video link would have been inspiring and educational, but unfortunately it is not possible now.
“There are other inspirational speakers in this country that could be invited instead if an event was planned for Co Cork.
“We as councillors need to drive for Council-led action on creating low carbon, climate-resilient community along with the help of community groups like Tidy Towns etc.”