May 2019 and all the posters for the Kildare local council elections were everywhere to be seen.
As our Government had just called a climate and biodiversity emergency (9th May 2019) we decided that we should get involved in our local elections to see who in our locality would be taking action on climate change and who could provide us with the brightest future?
We decided to write to all 15 of the Naas election candidates to see what they would do about climate change and bio-diversity loss if they got elected.
It was very exciting getting the replies and sharing them with the club. Most of the candidates replied, some letters were hand written, some were hand delivered and one of the candidates even sent a large box of chocolates. It was noted that the box was fully recyclable and the chocolates were delicious.
Thanks to all the candidates who took the time to reply to us and congratulations to those who got elected. We strongly hope you fulfill your promises.
Here's the letter we wrote together and sent to the election candidates and some of the replies.
There were stalls around the area as an annual Cloughjordan festival was on. The stalls held stuff from homemade treats to freshly grown food. We even came across a stall that represented breast cancer awareness and they collected money for that charity.
Not only that in the village but they had handmade wooden games to play with!!! As well as awesome marble runs. See the photos.
But my favourite thing of all was a recycling artistic workshop where you use old recyclable goods and turn them into accessories!! Like bags, purses, scarfs and hats!!!"
If you're under 16 you can print the petition here, colour it then get your friends and family to sign it and send it to us or to your local councillors or TDs.
At 2:30 myself and our group the no planet B club made a presentation on global warming and raising awareness. It was quite a success and we are all really proud of our work that day.
We also launched our "Support the National Peatlands Park Petition". This park is so important for Biodiversity, locking in carbon, bringing Ireland closer to it's climate targets and great for all our futures. If you're over 16 please sign our online petition here:
NATIONAL PEATLANDS PARK Petition
For more information on The National Peatlands Park click - https://www.nationalpeatlandspark.com/
After our presentation, we collected lots of signatures for our petition.
Ultimately this trip to Cloughjordan has turned out phenomenal and proves that climate change is serious and the little things really make a difference!! We really enjoyed our experience and hopefully will return there soon.
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