Naas students take "strike action" over climate change

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Naas students take "strike action" over climate change

Students outside St. Mary's College today

There was a school strike today in Naas.

But it had less to do with pay for teachers than with the price we all might pay if  climate change isn’t addressed.

Second year students demonstrated  outside St. Mary’s College -  with the support of the teaching staff.

The  initiative to tackle climate change and criticise the inaction of national governments was launched by the sixteen year old Swedish girl last year.

Dep James Lawless talks to the students

Schools around the country are taking part in today’s of action and a a gathering will be students march in Dublin from St, Stephen's Green to Leinster house.

“Climate change is happening and it’s happening quickly. The students know this and it the issue brings the CSPE (Civil Social and Political Education) subject to life. They are young but they are learning about what is happening to the environment and they are aware of  what happens if countries like Ireland don’t reduce carbon emissions,” said teacher Margaret Humphreys.

Ms Humphreys thanked Fianna Fáil TD James Lawless who addressed the students before the protest ended.

At the same time students from Gaelcholáiste Chill Dara demonstrated outside Naas Town Hall.

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