8th October 2020 | Climate Change, Press Releases

Greens celebrate historic week in fight against climate change with national and EU legislation

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Action on climate legislation has been strengthened significantly at national and international levels this week, with members of the European Parliament today voting in favour of the new European Climate Law; and yesterday’s publication of the Climate Action (Amendment) Bill in the Dáil.

Green Party MEPs Grace O’Sullivan and Ciarán Cuffe have welcomed the news that will, they say, put Ireland and Europe in a position of growing strength in the global fight against climate change.

Ciarán Cuffe, MEP for Dublin: 

“This is good news. The European Parliament is showing leadership on the climate crisis. Now it is up to the European Commission and national governments to maintain this momentum.

“Science is telling us that we need to go further, faster. Nothing less than a transformation of our economy is needed, and we have to ensure that this is done in a fair manner. Yesterday’s vote shows that movements such as Fridays for Future and Extinction Rebellion are having an impact on climate policies, and I welcome this. This must now be translated into national policies and plans across the EU. It’s great to see work is already underway in Ireland with yesterday’s launch of the Climate Action Bill”.

Grace O’Sullivan, MEP for Ireland South:

“This is a pivotal moment and emotional week for me. I’ve spent my entire working life campaigning and agitating for action on climate change. I’m not being flippant when I say – you wait 35 years for a bus and along comes two! I’m acutely aware of the need for further ambition in the fight to save the planet from the ravages of the climate emergency we are in, but it is encouraging that we have this dramatic progression in both national and international climate legislation happening within hours of each other.

“We are on borrowed time if we are to have any hope of avoiding an irreversible wipeout of life on our planet. National and international legally binding commitments lend weight to our fight against time. This news will help to ensure that every decision we make as individuals and as nations is benchmarked against the goal of climate neutrality.”