As a 15-year-old environmental activist who is often described as Northern Ireland’s answer to Greta Thunberg, Dara McAnulty has his own reasons for mistrusting professional politicians. Last year he was snubbed by Michael Gove, the former environment secretary, who invited McAnulty to give a speech at London Zoo on the importance of getting young people into conservation — then left before the teenager spoke. “The politicians don’t really care. It’s quite distressing,” said McAnulty, who, like Thunberg, is on the autistic spectrum. But this year he has ensured his voice will be heard on the issue that concerns him the most: the preservation of plants and wildlife. His first book, Diary of a Young Naturalist, will be published in May. He has become an RSPCA ambassador, and will feature in a BBC One Countryfile episode filmed at Murlough beach, 30 miles from Belfast, to be screened today at 5.50pm.
Times 1st March 2020 read more »
Climate activists have marched through Glasgow in a “Blue Wave” parade to raise awareness about the dangers of rising sea levels and storms. Members of Extinction Rebellion Glasgow and partner groups from Renfrewshire and East Dunbartonshire dressed in blue and green to represent rising water for the walk from the River Clyde up Buchanan Street in the city centre.
The National 29th Feb 2020 read more »