Over 500 students take part in climate change demonstration in Sligo

More than 500 second level students in Sligo have marched in protest over lack of action on climate change.

It’s all part of a global movement begun by 16-year-old Swedish student.

They are calling on the government to declare a “climate emergency”.

Pupils from schools across the country, including the Ursuline, Summerhill and Mercy Colleges in Sligo waked out of class to protest over the lack of action on climate change.

After gathering at Summerhill College, the Sligo students marched down Gallows Hill and through the town to the Town Hall, where they were met by Mayor Rosaleen O Grady.

Ireland is one of the few EU countries set to miss its 2020 EU emission reduction targets.

These students spoke to our reporter Therese Madden


These students taking part in today’s demonstration are calling for immediate action on the part of the government.

Emer Kearns, from the Ursuline College in Sligo, was one of the organisers of today’s protest.

She explains why students took today’s action