TCDSU to march in COP26 protest tomorrow

TCDSU calling on members to “join tomorrow’s march and show their solidarity in fighting for our planet”

Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) will march in the COP26 protest taking place tomorrow afternoon. 

TCDSU is calling on its members to “join tomorrow’s march and show their solidarity in fighting for our planet”. 

The SU will be meeting outside House 6 at 11.30am tomorrow to march towards the Garden of Remembrance.

In a press release this afternoon, TCDSU said; “On the 6th November, TCDSU will be supporting the COP26 Global Day for Climate Justice.” 

“As the world’s leaders meet this week in Glasgow for the UN Climate Change Conference, ordinary people all over the world will be protesting on the streets, demanding climate action”: they continued.

They note that the “COP26 Coalition has called for a day of international mass demonstrations” on November 6 and “in response to this call, the COP26 Coalition Dublin Hub have organised a ‘March For Climate Justice’ in Dublin, beginning in the Garden of Remembrance at 12pm”.

TCDSU said that “it is vital that students turn out tomorrow and demand climate justice for all” since “climate change is a student issue which affects everyone and will impact all of our lives”. 

“As students, we have a responsibility to get out and make our demands heard.”

Speaking about the protest, TCDSU Environmental Officer Sam Foley said that “world leaders are seen to be paying lip service to the problem of climate change, making the minimum commitment that is required of them”.

“This is a global movement for standing together and demanding what we would like to see happen, which is a key reason for why TCDSU must get involved”: she continued.

Foley noted the demands of the protest include, “sustainable agriculture, banning new investment in fossil fuels, stopping the building of unsustainable data centres, and sustainable, free, regular public transport to cut down on cars”. 

“All of the aims of the protest align with our goals for creating a sustainable campus, and support of this protest is integral to show how seriously young people are taking this issue.”

Kate Henshaw

Kate Henshaw is current Editor-in-Chief of Trinity News, and a graduate of Sociology and Social Policy. She previously served as Deputy Editor, News Editor and Assistant News Editor.