May 10 2019

Climate Change Crisis: Ireland Declares Climate Emergency

The Republic of Ireland has declared a climate and biodiversity emergency. A Fianna Fáil amendment to the Oireachtas report on…

The Republic of Ireland has declared a climate and biodiversity emergency. A Fianna Fáil amendment to the Oireachtas report on Climate Action was accepted without a vote.

In May a national climate emergency was declared by the UK Parliament.

In Scotland targets are being set to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2045. Dozens of local areas around the UK have also said there is a climate emergency.

There is no single definition, but many areas say they want to be carbon-neutral by 2030.

‘Action to back it up’

Fine Gael’s Hildegarde Naughton, who is chair of the Climate Action Committee, welcomed the outcome as “an important statement” but added “now we need action.”

She said the Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton would bring new proposals to the Dáil (Irish parliament) and she looked forward to working “with all parties and none” to scrutinise them.

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan warned that “declaring an emergency means absolutely nothing unless there is action to back it up.

“That means the Government having to do things they don’t want to do,” he added.

The issue of a biodiversity emergency is to be considered by a citizens’ assembly. (Read More)