Pics: Small but mighty crowd gathered for Cork's climate strike

Pics: Small but mighty crowd gathered for Cork's climate strike
Approximately 200-300 people gathered for today's climate strike. Picture: Jim Coughlan

Young people took to the streets of Cork in their droves this afternoon to highlight the issue of climate change. 

Whilst the march saw fewer numbers than previous strikes, the crowd was no less fervent.

Hundreds began to gather on Lapp’s Quay at around 12:15 for the march which then moved to Merchants Quay before travelling onto Patrick Street, to Grand Parade and up the South Mall before returning to Lapp’s Quay.

Cries of 'wake up Bruton, wake up' were roared by the crowd as they marched through the streets of Cork. 

Girls from Bandon Grammer School at today's climate strike. L-R: Orla Youell, Charlotte Orme, Sadhbh Ruane and Kira Sembach. Picture: Jim Coughlan
Girls from Bandon Grammer School at today's climate strike. L-R: Orla Youell, Charlotte Orme, Sadhbh Ruane and Kira Sembach. Picture: Jim Coughlan

Onlookers showed their support by clapping as the young people passed by. 

In a simple and poignant gesture of solidarity, an elderly lady beeped her horn as she drove by and the crowd gave an enthusiastic cheer.

Many placards encouraged people to 'boycott Black Friday', a day that has become synonymous with mass consumerism. 

University student, Asha Woodhouse who was at the event supporting the school strikers told The Echo:

"I would encourage people to steer clear of mindless shopping. 

"There are so many other things you could buy for Christmas, like concert tickets or get a tree planted for them. 

"People don’t need so many material items."

Síofra Richardson and Asha Woodhouse, both UCC students at today's strike. Picture: Jim Coughlan
Síofra Richardson and Asha Woodhouse, both UCC students at today's strike. Picture: Jim Coughlan

The global climate strike began across the world earlier this morning where climate activists took to the streets of Sydney to highlight that radical action is needed to tackle climate change. 

The significance of the marches in Australia were particularly underscored by the devastating bushfires that have occurred in the southeast of the continent.

Addressing this in a rousing speech at the end of the Cork march, Theresa Rose Sebastian (15) from Wilton said:

"Animals, the mere creatures we are supposed to co-exist with, dying. 2.5million acres on fire. 

"The sky in Sydney is an eerie yellowish orange as smoke and dust blown eastward is smothering the sunlight. 

"Australians are choking on the foul air and their eyes are watering… and yet we are here in this country, where our beloved Taoiseach said climate change will lead to fewer deaths."

Saoi O'Connor speaking at today's march.Picture: Jim Coughlan
Saoi O'Connor speaking at today's march.Picture: Jim Coughlan

Concluding the event, long term activist Soai O’Connor addressed the crowd saying:

"I see a lot of you out here today, maybe not as many as we’ve seen in previous times but it’s pretty cold so thank you all for coming out here in the middle of winter to talk about how we might not have winters anymore. 

"I think you’re all pretty awesome for that and I have respect for it."

Saoi, amongst 156 other young delegates from across Ireland sat in the Dáil two weeks ago to propose 10 recommendations which they believe the Government should implement to help fight climate change. 

Such recommendations included a ban on the importation of fracked gas, a tiered Tax on Emissions from large companies including those under capital ETS, and a labelling and pricing system showing the climate impact of food products based on criteria such as impact of packaging and distance travelled.

In her speech today, Saoi lauded the crowd for their enthusiasm and compassion saying:

"I have met Minister Bruton and many other government officials and you have more empathy in your left pinky toe than any one of them have in their entire bodies."

Today’s strike follows yesterday’s news that the European Parliament approved a resolution declaring a climate and environmental emergency in Europe and globally. 

Whilst climate and environmental activists welcomed this step, the consensus at today’s march was clear - this sentiment now needs to be actioned.

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