Supporting the Climate Change rally being held at the Guildhall Square in Derry and similar events across the globe at lunchtime on Friday, Sinn Féin Waterside representative Sharon McLaughlin said:
“Climate change is one of the defining challenges facing our society today. There is a huge responsibility on us all to act pro-actively and constructively to tackle it. Friday’s rally in Derry will be one of hundreds of similar events large and small that will be taking place across the globe.
“All will play a key role in highlighting Climate Change, the impact it is having on our daily lives but more importantly will challenge us all on what we are doing to protect the environment.
“The island of Ireland is already experiencing significant climate change. Six of the warmest years we have experienced have occurred in the last 25 years. Scientists are predicting that Ireland faces not just a rise in sea level but water shortages, adverse impacts on water quality and changes in the distribution of plant and animal species.
“Climate Change is an issue that will not be going away so we all have a part to play in tackling it head on.”