USI and Young Friends of the Earth to ‘Waddle’ for Job Creation

USI and Young Friends of the Earth to ‘Waddle’ for Job Creation

A rookery of student penguins will waddle from Dáil Éireann to the Department of the Environment tomorrow (March 23rd) to demand sustainable job creation, better use of Ireland’s natural resources and clean energy usage.

The event, organised by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and Young Friends of the Earth, will see over 60 students in penguin costumes slowly waddle through the capital to highlight the need for the new Government to get serious about the green agenda in Ireland.

Upon arrival at the Department of the Environment, the USI Environmental Officer will hand over a petition signed by thousands of students calling for sustainable job creation, better use of Ireland’s natural resources and clean energy usage.

 Speaking today, USI Environmental Officer, Tara Clarke, said:

“USI and Young Friends of the Earth are today calling on the new Government, especially new Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan, to get real about the creation of a sustainable Ireland.

As the future of this country, students are demanding clean energy usage, better use of Ireland’s natural resources and sustainable job creation. We have had the Celtic Tiger, now it is time for the ‘Emerald Economy’, an economy that is built on environmentally friendly economics. It is our future and we’re willing to fight for it.”

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Note to editors: The “waddle” will commence at 1:30pm on Wednesday, March 23rd, at Dáil Éireann, and will proceed to the Department of the Environment at Customs House, Dublin 1.

For further information, please contact:

 

Tara Clarke, USI Environmental Officer:       086 3217713

John Logue, USI Deputy President:               083 3773402

Gillian Tsoi, USI Communications Officer:    01 7099300

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