How important was today’s School Strike For Climate Action here at GG HQ…?
Well, not only had we got our no.1 roving photographer, John McGowan, on the case, but also our no.1 rotund photographer, Pablo, was happy snapping too.
And sure, there were more than enough shiny, happy and mildly angry people to be snapped today, as a big chunk of the town turning up at Burnaby Park to join in the international School Strike For Climate Action.
Sparked by 16-year-old Swedish student Greta Thunberg, and her stirring speech at the UN in December, the fact that it’s the younger generation who are shouting the loudest about saving this beautiful planet of ours speaks volumes.
Thankfully, there are quite a few adults who feel the same way, and they were out and proud in Greystones this afternoon, joining the battle-cry. And the chanting. And the tree climbing.
With representatives from many of the town’s schools and beyond heading into Dublin to join the estimated 10,000 protestors – including the Whitmore clan, below right – who took to the streets of the capital this afternoon, there were still plenty of local students keeping the eco fires burning here in Greystones too.
Here’s hoping that this is the start of a beautiful new relationship with our planet, a hope that is borne out by the Temple Carrig’s students behind Action Group For Climate Change & The Environment – aka ACE…