Thurles On Earth Day 2018

Earth Day 2018: End Plastic Pollution

Yesterday, Sunday 22nd April 2018, was ‘Earth Day’, latter dedicated to providing the information and inspiration needed to fundamentally change human behaviour, particularly in our dealings with that synthetic malleable substance commonly called plastic.

A billion people in some 190 countries supposedly marked yesterday’s event, with happenings taking place globally, including Marches, Petitions, Tree Planting Ceremonies and Area-Clean-Ups, latter to remove the cast away single-use plastic products.

As well as encouraging people to take responsibility for their action; the Earth Day initiative was also aimed at educating and mobilising people to demand government legislative action.

Almost two years ago, (April 27th 2016), Thurles Town Park opened to the pride and delight of Thurles town residents. Tidy Towns judges lauded it in 2016 and it also grabbed their complete harmless focus in 2017, thankfully removing their gaze from the sewage, flowing into the river Suir.

Today, just 103 weeks later, our Skate-Board Park was demonstrating some real lively action, but as we forecast back in December 26th, 2013, no skate boards were being used today, rather Tesco shopping trolleys were the ‘skateboard order of the afternoon’.

You can see from the brief video above, that across the railing which divides Thurles Park from the now Mary Immaculate College Campus, (previously St. Patrick’s Collage Campus), discarded plastic bottles and aluminium beer and mineral cans are continuing to accumulate.

On September 24th, 2017, we highlighted that Graffiti was everywhere in Thurles. It is on every Street, either on Doors or Walls of trading business premises. It is covering Electrical and Telephone interconnecting metal casings. It is on our River Suir Walkway walls, on our Signposts, on the new Source Theatre and now it has been continued on and into our new Town Park, demonstrating to our visitors the appearance of a ghetto suffering social, legal, and economic pressures.

On August 27th, 2017, we asked, “Does the Thurles Town closed-circuit television (CCTV) used in public area surveillance actually work?”.

Four months on, the Christmas lighting remains dangling from the sky at The Source; on Barry’s Bridge; and Cathedral Street West.

It would appear that that those elected to represent us at Municipal District; Co. Council; and indeed at National level, together with their employees, are totally incapable of providing any real governance.


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