“My whole life has been wrapped in plastic”
Out of a number of powerful statements made by 16 year old environmental activitist, Saoi O’Connor, at a climate change workshop hosted by St. Patrick’s Missionary Society in Kiltegan yesterday, this one really stuck. She said that she can’t relate when her granny talks about a time, not so long ago, when she could buy food and other household items without bringing home a bin-full of plastic.
Environmental scientist, Dr. Cara Augustenborg, used images and statistics to demonstrate the devastating impact of climate change, resulting from human activity.
Three 6th year students from Belvedere College in
Dublin also spoke powerfully about their fears and hopes for the future.
It was impossible not to feel frightened and disturbed at times during these talks, but the overwhelming feeling afterwards was that this is a FIGHT and we’re all in it to win it.
The audience was a room full of about 60 people, the vast majority of whom were retirement age. Watching the interaction between youths, fighting for their future, and elderly people ready to fight to ensure the future for their grandchildren and great-grandchildren, one could only feel inspired.