Sunday 19 November 2017

Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin to march in solidarity with American scientists over Trump's climate change order

Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin at the launch of Dublin Zoo and SSE Airtricity's Exo Explorer Trail. Photo:Patrick Bolger Photography
Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin at the launch of Dublin Zoo and SSE Airtricity's Exo Explorer Trail. Photo:Patrick Bolger Photography
Jason Kennedy

Jason Kennedy

Scientist and Broadcaster Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin will be marching in solidarity with American scientists who are desperately trying to persuade President Donald Trump to change his stance on global warming.

The TV presenter said she has written about the subject and feels very strongly about.

"The fact that Donald Trump isn't really looking at the evidence that scientists have given to him about climate change," she told Independent.ie.

"It's quite worrying and I think it's something that we need to be very careful about. We have to look at what science is telling us about global warming and about climate change.

Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin at the launch of Dublin Zoo and SSE Airtricity's Exo Explorer Trail. Photo:Patrick Bolger Photography
Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin at the launch of Dublin Zoo and SSE Airtricity's Exo Explorer Trail. Photo:Patrick Bolger Photography

Organisers of the international March for Science describe it is an "unprecedented global gathering" of scientists and science enthusiasts joining together to acknowledge the vital role it plays in our lives and the need to respect and encourage research.

Last week, Donald Trump visited the US Environmental Agency to announce an executive order unravelling Barack Obama’s climate change plan.

 Environmentalists condemned the move, accusing Mr Trump of wanting to "travel back to when smokestacks damaged our health", and said they would take his administration to court.

The president specifically targeted the Clean Power Plan, Mr Obama's signature effort to tackle global warming.

Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin at the launch of Dublin Zoo and SSE Airtricity's Exo Explorer Trail. Photo:Patrick Bolger Photography
Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin at the launch of Dublin Zoo and SSE Airtricity's Exo Explorer Trail. Photo:Patrick Bolger Photography

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Ms Ní Shúilleabháin, who is currently lecturing in UCD, says she has her sign and her t-shirt ready for Dublin's effort, which will take place at Grand Canal Square at 2pm. Around 200 people have so far said they would attend the march on the event's Facebook page.

"In a world of alternative facts, we have to really look at opinion versus evidence. I think that that's something that's really important. This march will be happening in various countries around the world and I think it'll be a fun one in Dublin," she said.

"It's not necessarily about standing up for science. It's about standing with our colleagues who are scientists in America, who are trying to convince people based on the information and data that they have, that certain things are happening and that's kind of being ignored at the minute."

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The former Rose of Tralee was speaking at the launch of a new eco explorer trail in Dublin Zoo, which was launched in partnership with SSE Airtricity. The Mayo-native was delighted to attend the launch, as sustainability and the proper use of energy resource are issues close the her heart.

"So this is a new app that's going to be available when you come to visit Dublin Zoo. So as well as looking at all the animals and finding out everything about them, you'll also have an Eco Explorer trail where you can find out more about energy and the environment."

The digital app, which can be used on any tablet or smartphone, will identify 9 Eco Explorer stations for parents and kids to discover as they explore Dublin Zoo.

Eco Explorer app users will also be encouraged to take simple steps to be more sustainable, such as refilling their water bottle, reducing waste and learning about the dangers of discarded plastic to animals. Young Eco Explorers will be able to collect Explorer Badges at each Trail station, and once ‘bagged’ in the SSE Airtricity Eco Explorer app, they will be entered into draws to win competition prizes.

For more information, visit SSEAirtricity.com/eco.

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