Young people from Buncrana have designed a stunning new mural to help raise more public awareness about the issues around climate change.
Delivered by Derry-based charity, Children in Crossfire, the mural project has created a platform for young people to have their say on the critical issue of their time.
It has resulted in three public artworks across the county, including in Buncrana, Letterkenny and Bundoran.
The colourful and floral Buncrana mural is on the wall of Buncrana Youth Club and features the bilingual message: ‘Think Global, Act Local’ in both English and Irish, along with a picture of a polar bear and some industrial chimneys.
Bayan Smith, from Children in Crossfire, explained what it’s all about: “Young people, more so than any other age-group, are deeply concerned about the threat climate change poses, not just for their future but for the imminent stability of our struggling world.”
“These three murals are the clarion call of the young people in Letterkenny, Bundoran and Buncrana to impress upon the public that there is a real crisis, a real threat and that serious, concerted effort at all levels of society is required.”
“Each group designed their mural independently, so it is interesting to see that they all followed a similar pattern and presented two versions of the world: a happy, beautiful prosperous one and a dark, exploitative one. This is a powerful message that we, as a society, can choose the world we want by making decisions that lead to our chosen goal.”
Meanwhile Myra McAuliffe, from ChangeMakers, a Donegal-based organisation that aims to raise awareness, understanding and action for a fairer world, said having such a visible message about climate justice is very powerful.
She added: “Well done to the pupils in the inspiring Scoil Mhuire Cli-mates group and to their teachers Denise Dowds and Amanda Doherty for accommodating this project.”