Min­is­ter joins protest in Wick­low town

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

THREE Wick­low town stu­dents joined the world­wide protest for gov­ern­ment ac­tion on cli­mate change on Fri­day by protest­ing in Fitzwillia­m Square in the town.

Juno Cherry-Roberts and Josie Cavanagh from East Glen­dalough School and Sophie Reynolds from Do­mini­can Col­lege (pic­tured, right) had the full sup­port of their schools in hold­ing a lo­cal protest in­stead of com­mut­ing to the mass march tak­ing place in Dublin.

‘We were de­lighted when our school en­cour­aged us to do some­thing lo­cal and we were thrilled with all the lo­cal sup­port we have re­ceived,’ said Josie Cavanagh.

The group was joined by lo­cal TD and Min­is­ter of State An­drew Doyle, who was happy to dis­cuss the is­sue of cli­mate change with them.

‘An­drew is very in­ter­ested in cli­mate change and sup­ported our protest, we were de­lighted that he joined us on the day. He stayed and protested with us for 40 min­utes and shared with us in­for­ma­tion on cli­mate change,’ said Juno Cherry-Roberts.

Through­out the afternoon other school stu­dents spon­ta­neously came to join the protest with the group and within an hour the group of three had swelled to al­most 20.

The event re­ceived much lo­cal sup­port with shop keep­ers com­ing out to watch and ap­plause and many peo­ple pass­ing by en­cour­ag­ing the group in their chants. ‘We would love to host an­other lo­cal protest and would hope that other stu­dents from lo­cal schools will join us,’ said Sophie Reynolds.

The stu­dents of Scoil Chaoimhín Naofa, Glen­dalough, hold­ing a protest at the school on Fri­day to high­light the need for ac­tion on cli­mate change.

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