People’s Climate Picnic marks global day of action and sends message to Taoiseach

Coastal clean-up among events held around Ireland on world day of environmental action

Kate Brett, Aoileann O’Shea and Joseph Brett enjoy themselves at the bandstand in St Stephen’s Green, Dublin, during yesterday’s People’s Climate Picnic. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Kate Brett, Aoileann O’Shea and Joseph Brett enjoy themselves at the bandstand in St Stephen’s Green, Dublin, during yesterday’s People’s Climate Picnic. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

 

More than 600 people attended the People’s Climate Picnic which took place under warm sunshine in St Stephen’s Green, Dublin, yesterday.

It was organised by Stop Climate Chaos, the Climate Gathering and People’s Climate Ireland. Ciara Kirrane, co-ordinator of Stop Climate Chaos, said the event was held to send a message to Taoiseach Enda Kenny that people in Ireland cared about climate change.

“This level of prioritisation of climate change, both at home and internationally, is long overdue,” she said.

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In Clare, a coastal clean-up of Blackhead was organised by the Burrenbeo Trust and other groups to mark the day.

Happenings, the pop-up cultural events organiser, screened the documentary Samsara in Dublin’s Merrion Square last night as part of the global day of action.

Former president of Ireland Mary Robinson will jointly host a gathering of more than 130 women leaders in New York today which will call for gender-sensitive climate action.

Mrs Robinson, who founded the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, said climate change was the biggest challenge to human rights of the 21st century.

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