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8th May 2019 | Climate Change, Press Releases

Greens secure Dáil vote on climate emergency declaration

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Tomorrow a motion will bring the report of the Climate Action committee before the Dáil. The Green Party have amended and strengthened that motion by calling on the Dáil to declare a climate emergency and to act by endorsing the report.

Speaking today Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan TD said:

“There is a real opportunity right now for the political system to recognise the scale of the challenge and commit to begin taking the steps needed to turn the ship around.

That change begins with accepting the reality that this is an emergency; while there is still denial in the Dáil and Government, Ireland won’t make the leap we know we have to.

The second step is to endorse the report of the climate action committee and for the Government to commit to climate-proofing the National Development Plan.

The time is here to stop being laggards and start being leaders.”

Senator Grace O’Sullivan, Party Spokesperson for Environmental Protection and the Marine, said:

“We have lost half of our wildlife in the last fifty years and are witnessing an unprecedented climate and bio-diversity emergency unfolding across the globe.

“The Government needs to stand up and commit to working to protect our children’s future by shouldering the responsibility and delivering system change now”

Green Party TDs have amended the motion relating to the Climate Action committee report. The motion now calls for the declaration of a climate emergency and for an endorsement of the Climate Action committee report. The motion will be debated tomorrow and voted on Thursday week.