Around 200 people marched through Cork city centre this afternoon to call on the Government to implement the climate recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly. 

The march was one of more than 800 events taking place around the world to support a climate summit in San Francisco. 

The march was organised by Cork Climate Action, a coalition of NGOs and individuals concerned about the threat to the world. 

The NGOs involved include Trócaire, Cork Environmental Forum, UCC Green Campus, and SHEP (the Social and Health Education Project). 

Earlier this year, the report and recommendations of the Citizens' Assembly on how the State can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change was sent to the Houses of the Oireachtas.

Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor Mick Finn, said there was still a lot to do in relation to climate change and there was some disagreement over how we should act to mitigate the worst effects. However, he said he was delighted at the turnout and wished the march success.  

John Gibbons of An Taisce said: "The Citizens' Assembly correctly read the public mood on repealing the Eighth Amendment. Its proposals on climate action are well ahead of what the politicians are proposing but, once again, I believe the Assembly has read a real public demand for leadership and action in relation to the climate crisis."  

Colin Sage, Senior Lecturer in Geography in UCC and Chair of the Food Policy Council, stated: "Our food system is a major contributor to climate change, not just because of our preoccupation with growing our herd of cattle."