Following the national and international Climate Strikes in September, the Green-Schools programme has been heartened and encouraged by a significant increase in student awareness and participation in climate issues. This has been particularly the case in Green-Schools initiatives like the Water Ambassador Programme and the Climate Ambassador Programme.  Both of these programmes have large numbers of secondary school students participating.

This Friday’s strike shows that this enthusiasm is not waning, and we remain inspired by the Climate Strikers in Ireland and around the world.

Green-Schools supports students, teachers, schools and their wider communities in taking action. As was mentioned previous to the strikes in September, the time of actively ignoring the issues of our degrading environment, our climate emergency and our global biodiversity crisis are now truly over. We all need to act now if we are to have a future.

For over twenty years, we have supported student-led change through analysis, critical thinking and collaboration. It is heartening to see such strong, insightful young leaders in our communities focused on climate, biodiversity and a better future for all.

We are truly grateful to the students and teachers in Irish schools who are standing up and encouraging their peers to do the same. Change is necessary and we need their demands to be listened to, and met.

Read our statement from September here.