Students bring Raphoe to a standstill for climate change

first_imgDeele College students brought the school to a halt on Friday afternoon to highlight the global inaction in relation to climate change around the world.The Raphoe school is one of several schools throughout the country who undertook this action to highlight the need for drastic changes to combat pollution and reduce our carbon footprint.The strikes were coordinated through two autonomous groups – FFF Ireland and School Strikes 4 Climate – as well as the Schools’ Climate Action Network (SCAN), a student-driven network of young people whose schools support their decision to strike. All of these events are coinciding with a global protest in 75 countries prompted by the school strike by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg.Taoiseach Leo Varadkar supported the action last week in the Dáil and said he was “inspired” by the strikers.In a twist to the Raphoe school strike, Deele College combined the strike with their annual Seachtain na Gaelige school Ceili, which saw the would-be Ceili stars strutting their stuff while also striking for climate change.This was being organised by both the Irish and Geography departments. The students blocked the road and were supported by local commuters in their efforts to highlight the important issue of the environment and global warming. Shouting chants demanding Government action on climate change, the students made a real stand for the environment of the future.Deputy Principal, Mr Danny McFadden says that the idea of students striking for serious issues like global warming and climate change shows how engaged the students are with real life issues.“I would applaud the students on their stance and I think that if everyone, including those in power, took the same decisive action, we would be able to to rectify global issues much easier.“There was a great atmosphere in the school today with the Ceili to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge and the strike, which really added to the day. Our students took a stand against climate change and it really highlights the importance of the issue for all our school community.”Students bring Raphoe to a standstill for climate change was last modified: March 17th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Huge deposit boost for SA platinum

first_img6 February 2013 A huge mineral deposit recently discovered in Limpopo province is even bigger than previously thought, and represents “enormous good news” for the future of platinum mining in South Africa, the head of Canadian company Ivanplats announced at the Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town on Wednesday. Located on the northern limb of South Africa’s Bushveld Complex, the Platreef (or Flatreef) discovery is a massive deposit offering high-quality metals – “650-million tons of indicated and referred resources in a six square kilometre area”, Robert Friedland, the chairman of Ivanhoe Capital Corporation and the executive chairman of Ivanplats, told Indaba delegates.Clean, sustainable model promised In exploiting this reserve, the company promises a clean model, to be environmentally responsible, to have zero fatalities and to be sustainable. It would have a better model of employment and pay above-average wages, and it would have a “very broad-based black economic empowerment” component. It would deliver benefits beyond its mine, Friedland promised, including jobs and new skills. “Beneficiation will be our key driver. We can make catalytic convertors and jewellery right here.” He said that an intensive drilling programme in 2011 and 2012 had dramatically expanded and upgraded Platreef’s precious and base-metal mineral resources.Massive Bushveld deposit Bloomberg reported recently that Platreef’s indicated mineral resources now totalled 223-million tons at a grading of 4.1 grams per ton of platinum, palladium, gold and rhodium, at a cumulative, average true thickness of 24.3 metres. It also has nickel and copper. “Flatreef is distinguished from other Bushveld projects by its tremendous size, the remarkable thickness of the polymetallic mineralised reef and its potential for significant by-product credits of nickel and copper,” Friedland said on Wednesday. “The successful upgrading and expansion of the selective high-grade underground resources advance the definition of the initial mine plan in which we intend to incorporate safe, efficient, large-scale, mechanised mining methods.”Possible South African listing Friedland said Ivanplats would apply to the Department of Mineral Resources for a mining licence “that will have a large BBBEE [broad-based black economic empowerment] component.” The Canadian company, which has been exploring in Africa since 1994, listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange in October 2012. “We are now thinking of listing in South Africa as our secondary listing. Having been here, we think a listing in South Africa is more appropriate than London.” Friedland said it was critical to generate sustainable livelihoods around mines. “We must build mines where younger mine workers are more like skilled surgeons.” Also, the buyers of the end products – the car buyers in Japan, for example – would want to know the product was built with more than muscle power, and that the community around the mine was benefiting too. “We need to work here, find and forge a new economic model,” Friedland said, adding that it was “enormous good news” for South Africa that the discovery was in this country, which already produced 75% of the world’s primary platinum. Friedland was also very upbeat on the future of Africa, and South Africa in particular. “This is the beginning of incredible economic growth in Africa. Seven of the top 10 countries in terms of GDP [gross domestic product] growth are in Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa will have greater GDP growth,” he said. “So I am very optimistic about the future of this country.” He also predicted continuing demand for metals, saying there would be 37 megacities around the world by 2020. “All will need metals, particularly platinum to clean the air,” as well as copper and iron for high-speed trains. “We have come to a point of no return. Planet Earth is going urban. And an urban world is immensely consumptive of metals.” Source: Industrial Development Corporationlast_img read more