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City set for climate march

Wednesday, 5th September, 2018 4:45pm

A march to highlight the growing issue of climate change in Ireland will take place in Cork this weekend.

The march, which was organised by Cork Climate Action and themed, 'Rise for Climate – Implement the Citizens’ Assembly Recommendations', is part of a global mobilisation to harness public solidarity and energy around the need for urgent climate action.

The event will take place on Saturday 8 September at 2.30pm outside the City Library.

The event will include a number of short speeches from speakers including the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Mick Finn and John Gibbons of Taisce.

From there, the march will move down Oliver Plunket Street, then through Parnell Place and along Merchant’s Quay before swinging down St Patrick’s Street.

It will then return to the City Library on Grand Parade.

Cork Climate Action is a coalition of non-profit organisations, such as Trócaire and the Social and Health Education Project (SHEP), concerned with and invested in the issue of climate change.

Speaking to the Cork Independent, Communications Spokesperson for Cork Climate Action, Roisin Cuddihy said: “The group was set up after the Paris Agreement in 2015 to represent the Irish wing of promoting the Paris Agreement and making sure that what was agreed would be acted upon.

“A main objective is to raise awareness around the issue of climate change and to show the people in the Government that there is a groundswell of concern around climate change in the general public,” she said.

Ms Cuddihy continued: “The focus of this march in particular is on the citizen’s assembly recommendation; making sure that the recommendation are put into place and acted upon.”

Spokesperson for Cork Climate Action, Rob Hamilton said: “With the number of extreme weather events we have experienced this past year, there is a growing public awareness that climate change will affect us in Ireland too, and that it is not just a concern for others far away.”

The Citizens’ Assembly was a democratic exercise which placed the citizen at the centre of important legal and policy issues facing Irish Society today.

A group of 100 citizen members considered a number of topics, one of which was in relation to how the state can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change.

Their conclusions then formed the basis of a number of reports and recommendations. These were submitted to the Houses of the Oireachtas for further debate by elected representatives.

“We have had a citizen’s assembly that outlined exactly what Ireland need to do about climate change and we want those recommendations to now be put into action,” said Ms Cuddihy.

“We are well past talking about it, now we need action,” she concluded.

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