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Dance for Climate Action!

Stop Climate Chaos collaborate with Dublin Youth Dance Company to host a celebration of the Citizens’ Assembly

November 10 2017, 11:48am

On Saturday November 4th the Stop Climate Chaos coalition collaborated with the Dublin Youth Dance Company to host 'Dance for Climate Action'.

There were 48 youth dancers dressed in red, dancing to the beautiful song 'Halfway There' by Mary & the Pigeons on a gorgeous stretch of grass just in front of the sea in Malahide. The dance was interspersed with open mic on the topic of climate change, where we heard views on nature and mental health, the 'overview effect', and Shambala warriors.

This family-friendly event took place to highlight the proceedings of the Citizens' Assembly, as just down the road, 99 citizens were discussing 'How the State can make Ireland a Leader in tackling Climate Change'. With a positive atmosphere created with dance, hope, optimism and emotive stories, we strived to communicate our support to the 99 citizens, whose time and insights will have repercussions spanning many years ahead.

The event didn't finish there, however, as we travelled by DART to Trinity College Dublin to host another performance on the cricket pitch in Trinity College Dublin. A number of tourists, members of the public and passers-by stopped to watch the dancers and listen to more spoken word.

Saturday's TV3 News at 5:30 broadcast snippets of the event and an interview with Joanne McGarry of Trócaire, as well as drone footage of the dance in action. Monday's papers picked up the event, with a picture in the Irish Independent, The Irish Times and The Irish Times (London Edition).

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