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Extinction Rebellion join Cork student activists for Friday climate protest

School and Education Green News Ireland


'July 19th, 2019 A group ofExtinction Rebellion (XR) activists in Cork held a “die-in” outside Cork CityCouncil today to highlight the urgency of action required to tackle climatechange in concert with similar protests in Dublin this week.The XR supporters,who joined the city’s teenage climate activists at their weekly strike,symbolically lied down outside the Council to depict the looming eventuality ofhuman extinction without meaningful and immediate climate action.Earlier this week,XR supporters in the capital blocked several streets and held “die-ins” on bothGrafton Street and the Natural History Museum.Dublin activists also carried out a “slow cycle” demonstration on Wednesday along the quays to highlight the capital’s air pollution problem as part of XR’s week-long Operation Mushroom which the group has described as their “summer uprising”. Extinction Rebellion die-in, July 2019, Cork Photo: Shamim Malekmian Tjitske de Vries, anXR supporter in Cork, told The Green News that symbolic protests coulddrive their climate agenda home. “A die-in is more powerful because it reallyshows what is happening and a lot of people showed up which is great eventhough it is raining.” Ms de Vries, who isalso a member of People before Profit, criticised the State for “blaming normalpeople” for the accelerating pace of climate change as opposed to pollutingindustries and corporations. “The Government hasdeclared a climate emergency and at the same time killed the Keep it in theGround Bill and has sold more licences for drilling,” she said.Darren McAdamO’Connell of Cork Environmental Forum who joined today’s die-in said that moresymbolic action is needed to highlight climate disruption as “people don’t make decisions based on fact” and are moredrawn to stories. “You have to bringit down to something that people can relate to on an emotional level,” he said.Mr O’Connell said that the Government has wasted plenty of time since the 1960sand 1970s and needs to take action immediately to combat climate change.This past October, UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a special report warning that global warming “is likely to reach 1.5 C between 2030 and 2025 if it continues to increase at the current rate”. About the Author Shamim Malekmian Shamim is a Senior Reporter at The Green News and a contributing writer to the Irish Examiner, Cork Evening Echo and the Dublin Inquirer. . The post Extinction Rebellion join Cork student activists for Friday climate protest appeared first on Green News Ireland .'

Dad of gifted student with special needs appeals for 'invaluable' resource class to stay open

School and Education Irish Examiner

The dad of a gifted student with special needs fears his son's behavioural progress will be destroyed with the axing of an 'invaluable' resource class at his school from September.
'The dad of a gifted student with special needs fears his son's behavioural progress will be destroyed with the axing of an 'invaluable' resource class at his school from September.'