How come kids love Greta Thunberg and the national cattle herd?

Key to transforming green ambitions into actions may lie in better second-level education

 Climate activist Greta Thunberg   at the Swedish parliament building in Stockholm. The poster reads “School Strike for Climate”.  Photograph: Fredrik Sandberg/EPA

Climate activist Greta Thunberg at the Swedish parliament building in Stockholm. The poster reads “School Strike for Climate”. Photograph: Fredrik Sandberg/EPA

In a recent speech to the UN Security Council, Taoiseach Micheál Martin described climate change as “the defining challenge of our generation”. In response, Ireland has embedded in legislation a target of only nine years to reduce carbon emissions by 51 per cent and has set a raft of ambitious measures to meet this target.

Unfortunately polling has highlighted a disconnect between the electorate’s green ambitions and its willingness to help foot the bill for a carbon neutral future with a notable reticence in Ireland’s youth for difficult but necessary measures.

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