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Students spread message on climate

In the height of the climate summit in Paris, a number of students from Millstreet Community School who are passionate about addressing the causes of climate change took their message to St. Patrick's Church in Millstreet and Ballydaly.

Kaytlin Murphy (TY), Caroline Murphy and Brídelle Cronin (both 5th year) spoke at three Masses and alerted parishioners to this week's Climate Change Conference.

Students say it's the largest ever gathering of world leaders meeting with the aim of addressing the causes of Climate Change, also known as global warming.

Pope Francis, through his encyclical, 'Laudato Si', has led the calls for world leader to do more to protect the planet.

"The run up to the Paris Climate Change Conference provided the chance to make sure our leaders know that we want them to take the issue of global warming very seriously. Those with most power to deal with this issue have so far failed to do so", say the students.

"To do this, Trócaire, inspired by Pope Francis, organised a petition handed to Taoiseach Enda Kenny calling on him and all the other world leaders to set legally binding targets for countries for the emission of the greenhouse gases which do all the damage.

"Secondly, to promote the rights of those most vulnerable in the developing world, including small-scale farmers, helping them to cope with the effects of climate change".

The students and their colleagues invited people after Mass to sign the petition.

In the end over 300 signatures were collected from the churches along with over 200 collected from staff and students in Millstreet Community School.