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Monday 25 March 2019

Global issues come under the microscope

Angela Valles, Bianka Csikos, Paulina Lewisch, Scott Gibbons, Conor Power, Vinu Joshy and Diego Uzal taking part in Global Issues Week at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann
Angela Valles, Bianka Csikos, Paulina Lewisch, Scott Gibbons, Conor Power, Vinu Joshy and Diego Uzal taking part in Global Issues Week at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann

Climate change, sexism, pollution and food shortages... these were just some of the things in the spotlight as students and staff at Colaiste Chraobh Abhann celebrated Global Issues Week.

Taking place from February 25 to March 1, Global Issues Week is an attempt to raise awareness about various global problems, particularly climate change and plastic pollution, and also aims to encourage the school community to live in a more environmentally friendly way.

During the week, the school held walking debates for first and second years, a fundraiser for MSF (Doctors Without Borders) and lunchtime events which allowed students to sample Fairtrade bananas (courtesy of Fyffes) and Fairtrade chocolate.

Coláiste Chroabh Abhann students also supported a petition protesting against Government inaction on climate change and querying why there is very little on the curriculum addressing the serious challenges they may face in the future - such as food shortages, environmental refugees, flooding, etc - and how they might deal with them.

During the thought-provoking week, which was funded by Worldwise Global Schools, Transition Year students organised a ladies day to promote females in sport while speakers from the Simon Community, MSF Ireland and Concern attended the school to give talks.

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