What an exciting week it has been! After last week’s roller coaster, I was ready for anything to happen this week. Little did I expect what has happened! Several people had been saying to me since before Christmas – “you need to get Ryan Tubrity onto this climate change stuff!” Ryan is Ireland’s most famous TV presenter (second only to Graham Norton perhaps). One Climate Generation reader, Don Mullen, wrote a blog and then took it on himself to send Ryan a copy of the book via a close friend before Christmas. I heard nothing back, so I thought it must have gone on the “maybe one day” pile. Nevermind.
Then, last week another reader, Dean, got in touch with me via Linked In. He said he had sent copies of my book into RTE on spec and got a lovely reply from a senior programmer. He suggested I send Ryan a copy of the book myself. So that’s what I did. I wrote a card and sent him the book. The very next day I got the call I had been waiting for – I had a slot for a live radio interview!
It was time to rally the troops. My husband Kev is out of town on business this week, so I needed to make arrangements for the boys to be minded while I made the early morning trek into RTE studios in Dublin. My friend Lisa obliged and I hardly slept a wink the night before with a mix of excitement and nerves. It doesn’t get bigger than this for new authors in Ireland!
The interview itself was a wonderful experience. I enjoyed every minute. Ryan put me very much at ease and I felt I was able to speak straight from the heart about climate change – and what it means for us all. I even forgot I was on air! There was no jargon, not technical stuff, no finger wagging or pointing. My message was straightforward and simple: the science is very worry now. If we love our children (which we all do), we have to wake up fast. We need to use every ounce of our being to fight for their future now. Each of us have untapped reserves of courage, hope and compassion in us. Now is the time to dig deep, like my own mum did some 40 years ago.
If you want to meet me and get involved, join the growing #FridaysforFuture gang outside the Daíl on Fridays at 1pm. We will be celebrating afterwards with a coffee in the National Gallery. There are loads of other ways to get involved too – check out my tips on what to do at home or in your local parish.
You can listen to the full interview here.