Blindboy Boatclub wants Ireland to become a world leader on climate action

Blindboy Boatclub wants Ireland to become a world leader on climate action

Blindboy Boatclub believes that Ireland's "cultural footprint" can provide a springboard for climate action around the world.

Speaking on last night's Late Late Show, the popular podcaster called for the country to "lead by example and change the world" when discussing climate change.

The Rubberbandits star said that Ireland is in a position to enact global change through cultural means, saying that he is "positive about the future" despite the growing climate emergency.

"When I go on about climate, people always say, 'sure we're Ireland, we're tiny, we've a tiny carbon footprint, what's the point if we do anything?' and one thing I always like to remind people of is that our carbon footprint is tiny but our cultural footprint is massive."

Expanding on that idea, Blindboy went on to say, ""We were the first to do the smoking ban and that was copied all around the world, we were the first to have the plastic bag tax and that was copied, St. Patrick's Day or Halloween, these are Irish holidays celebrated around the world – let's make St. Patrick's Day about the environment.

"Let's use our cultural footprint to lead by example and change the world."

You can watch the full clip below:

More on this topic

First ever Youth Assembly on Climate held at Leinster HouseFirst ever Youth Assembly on Climate held at Leinster House

Climate activist Greta Thunberg sets sail once againClimate activist Greta Thunberg sets sail once again

Goats, climate change, and the positive feedback loopGoats, climate change, and the positive feedback loop

Cork is Ireland’s ‘Venice’ and just as vulnerable to climate changeCork is Ireland’s ‘Venice’ and just as vulnerable to climate change

More in this Section

Anton Du Beke breaks 17-series duck to score maximum 10s on StrictlyAnton Du Beke breaks 17-series duck to score maximum 10s on Strictly

British actor set to play Bill Clinton in TV dramaBritish actor set to play Bill Clinton in TV drama

Kim Kardashian West meets with death row inmateKim Kardashian West meets with death row inmate

Taylor Swift’s former record label hits back over singer’s awards ban claimTaylor Swift’s former record label hits back over singer’s awards ban claim


Lifestyle

Kate Tempest’s Vicar Street show began with the mother of all selfie moments. The 33 year-old poet and rapper disapproves of mid-concert photography and instructed the audience to get their snap-happy impulses out of the way at the outset. What was to follow would, she promised, be intense. We should give ourselves to the here and now and leave our phones in our pockets.Kate Tempest dives deep and dark in Dublin gig

Des O'Sullivan examines the lots up for auction in Bray.A Week in Antiques: Dirty tricks and past political campaigns

Following South Africa’s deserved Rugby World Cup victory I felt it was about time that I featured some of their wines.Wine with Leslie Williams

All your food news.The Menu: Food news with Joe McNamee

More From The Irish Examiner