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School Climate Strike Action

Georgina Black   Fri 27 Sep 2019

St Colm’s Climate Strike in Draperstown

St. Colm’s High School, along with local primary schools in Screen Eco-schools, took part the Global Climate Strike 2019. They organised a strike at the entrance to the parish of Ballinascreen, County Londonderry, on 20th September 2019. Over 300 pupils and staff took part. When asked why they were striking the pupils held very strong opinions on the need for change.

“We feel passionately about our planet and preserving it for future generations. We want the people in power to hear what we have to say. We are the future and we need to have a secure future!!”

St. Colm’s was awarded the UK’s TES Sustainable Schools Award at a ceremony in London in June of this year and it is one of the most active Ambassador Eco-Schools here in Northern Ireland.

A Week of Climate Action at St Ronan’s College

St Ronan’s College, Lurgan, organised a full week of discussions and activities before the climate strike on 20th September, to encourage pupils and staff members to sign their climate pledge. This pledge calls for actions that will halt climate breakdown and increase awareness about global warming. The initiative has seen the participation of the entire school and an all School Assembly on Climate Action held on Friday 20th with Mrs Bernadette McAliskey as special guest speaker.

On the same day, St Ronan’s College launched their new reusable water bottles in an attempt to cut down on their plastic waste… their next step will be signing their Plastic Promise on the Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful website. Be the next to sign it!