Minister joins protest in Wicklow town
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.