Protestors are to stage a “die-in” outside Cork City Hall today in a call for action on the climate crisis.
The Extinction Rebellion’s demonstration at 12pm will coincide with the weekly students strike which has seen thousands take to the streets of Cork.
The Extinction Rebellion (XR) is an environmental movement aiming to draw public and government attention to the need to tackle climate change.
The group previously held a “die-in” in Cork in April which saw more than 100 XR supporters symbolically play dead on Oliver Plunkett Street to depict the dangers of climate change.
The XR has made headlines across the UK and Europe with daring demonstrations in recent months.
The group recently blocked access to London landmarks, vandalised Shell Oil headquarters and brought traffic on O’Connell Bridge in Dublin to a halt for several hours.
The XR will also host a talk entitled ‘Heading for Extinction and What To Do About It’ in The Boole Lecture Hall at University College Cork this evening at 6pm.
At this public talk, James Gillen from XR will share the latest climate science, discuss some of the current psychology around climate change, and offer solutions through the study of social movements.
“I am a graduate of Computer Science at UCC and was an active member of the mountaineering club,” he said.
“Having spent most of my life unconsciously living an environmentally destructive modern Irish lifestyle, and being socially and politically inactive, the first big change I made - switching to a mostly plant-based diet - quickly changed my mindset in many ways.
“I now fully recognize the crisis we are in and joined XR with the belief that the only way to forge a better future is through communal effort and speaking truth to power in governments and corporations,” he added.
“Personal change is important, but it's time to stop putting the guilt and burden of effort on individuals.
“We all want to live cleaner, healthier lives, and we need to change the system to make it truly possible.”