School Strikes for Climate and Fridays for Future events - Ireland - March 15th 2019

An incredible movement of students and young people taking action on climate change and climate justice is continuing to grow. Since the movement started with Greta Thunberg, taking action in Sweden (see https://fridaysforfuture.org/), the movement is continuing to spread with strikes recorded in Australia, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Japan, Germany, USA, Netherlands, Canada, UK as well as here in Ireland.  In some cases, the strikes are every Friday; in others the focus is on big monthly strikes e.g. 15th March.

Add your action to the map!

Any one ( e.g. a student, school or group) can host action, it just needs to be clear enough for others to sign up to attend.

Your action can take any form, a strike, walk out, sit-in, banner drop...whatever is the best option for you.

There are some bigger events happening on March 15th in cities around Ireland but you can hold your climate strike or action anywhere - whether it's a local centre of government or your school gates...

...or somewhere else in your local area that feel it should happen!

The movement has been taking root in Ireland since January, with secondary students making noise outside Dail Eireann each Friday, hundreds of primary students taking to the streets of Dublin on February 13th to demand climate action and secondary students staging weekly climate strikes at City Hall in Cork. Event are being organised by grassroots groups that are emerging organically and coordinating as best they can. These include Fridays for Future (www.fridaysforfuture.ie) and School Strikes 4 Climate (www.schoolstrikes4climate.ie)  as well as the Schools’ Climate Action Network (www.schoolsclimateaction.ie).

This map of events happening nationally is supported by Schools' Climate Action Network. You can opt in to receiving further emails from Schools' Climate Action Network if you would like to join the network and be contacted after March 15th about future meetings and events. You can find the map on www.schoolsclimateaction.ie

The actions on the 15th, is a Global event, called by Fridays for Future and, as such, is public in nature. Some schools, responding to requests, have chosen to support and accompany their students who have decided to take part. Naturally, these schools cannot take any responsibility for students that are not in their care.

"I’ve learned you are never too small to make a difference. And if a few children can get headlines all over the world just by not going to school, then imagine what we could all do together if we really wanted to...We can’t solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis. We need to keep the fossil fuels in the ground, and we need to focus on equity. And if solutions within the system are so impossible to find, maybe we should change the system itself." - Greta Thunberg, 16 year old Swedish climate activist, speaking at COP24.