WEXFORD WOMAN LEADING EXTINCTION REBELLION REVOLT
BALLYKELLY woman Susan Breen is spearheading the Irish Extinction Rebellion protest in Dublin’s city centre which has seen up to 500 climate change activists taking part in a demonstration, as part of a week long campaign of protests and disruption around the world by the environmental activist group.
On Monday the demonstration is made its way from Leinster House to Merrion Square, where a rally was held. Traffic and businesses in Dublin city centre will be disrupted throughout the week. Susan said the aim is to disrupt business and to raise awareness of demands on the Government to tackle the climate emergency after traditional methods, such as writing letters, had failed. Each day specific themes and activities will be decided at a makeshift camp in the city centre.
Public transport operators said they will monitor the situation and work with gardaí and authorities to minimise disruption.
Susan said the group has received huge public support as it led the Irish vanguard in an international movement which has seen 50 other countries participate in ‘Rebellion Week’. The Irish group began its activities by handing in its demands to four Government buildings. Susan is International Coordinator with Extinction Rebellion and National Action Coordinator. She said the protests would cause some disruption, adding that they would be focused on Government and industry, rather that causing problems for the general public.
Susan said there has been a lot of ‘sensationalist scaremongering’ in the media, adding that she joined Extinction Rebellion because she is the mother of young children and she is ‘terrified’ for their precarious future.
She said the group’s aim is not to cause problems for the public and urged anyone with ideas to come and talk to them over the course of the week.
A mother of three, Susan, who is living in Dunganstown, said that the movement is a non-violent, family-friendly one and she hoped it would spread positive messages, while highlighting those companies that do the worst damage to the planet.
She said the Extinction Rebellion camp has proven very popular with families.
‘We’ve had a really nice crowd and there is a great atmosphere. We have a kids workshop, an art station, a wellness area for yoga and meditation and numerous different talks going on during the week and panel discussions.’
She said people have been bringing in food for the protestors and visitors to the camp.
‘There has been no hassle or aggro. No one can really argue against us as people understand what is happening to our planet. For a long time people were able to pretend it’s not happening but now they can’t ignore it.’
She will be camping in Dublin for the week choosing not to drive as a way to cut back on her carbon footprint, adding that barring a miracle the group will not get what it wants and further protests will have to be organised.
Sue Breen .