The Irish Climate Justice Coalition is staging a protest in Dublin today as they warn “the climate crisis is evident everywhere now”.
Protestors met at Grand Canal Dock at 1pm today before marching to the James Larkin statue on O’Connell Street.
They were seen pouring dark liquid from containers labelled ‘death’ at the entrance of investment company JP Morgan.
The Coalition is calling for a complete phase out of fossil fuels to be agreed upon at COP28 in Dubai.
It is also aiming to place pressure on the Government to take accountability for the damage caused by climate change.
Fridays for Future Dublin Spokesperson Victoria Ivory said people are experiencing “devastating impacts” from climate change.
“The climate crisis is evident everywhere now,” she said. “People in the Global South on the frontlines are experiencing devastating impacts.
“But even here in Ireland, with flooding in Cork and some extreme temperatures we are experiencing the impacts too, and this is only going to get worse.”
She said young people need to join protestors “on the streets” to protect their futures.
Met Éireann issued an Orange wind warning for county Dublin today following the quick arrival of Storm Elin.
Ecojustice Ireland founder Declan Owens said protestors are not “put off” by the windy conditions.
“We understand the changing weather in our country, but we recognise the impact that's going on in the Global South,” he said.
“Today is as much about solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the Global South as it is recognising the weather situation in Ireland and the level of storms that we've had this year.”
Tech and climate change
Protestors are also placing emphasis on tech companies in Dublin with its theme #MakePollutersPay.
People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith said high-tech companies in Ireland have questions to answer.
“We’re gathering at Grand Canal Dock... and the area seems symbolic because it's littered with the high-tech companies like meta, Twitter, LinkedIn,” she said.
“All of those companies are partly responsible for driving up the proliferation of data centres.”
Today marks Global Day of Action for Climate Justice as protestors in cities around the world demand their Governments take further action in addressing climate change.