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18th April 2018 | Climate Change, Press Releases

Greens welcome Citizens’ Assembly report on Climate Change

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The Green Party today welcomed the publication of the Citizens’ Assembly report on Climate Change, saying that the findings endorse the urgent need for strong climate action, led by Government.

Speaking today, Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan TD called on the Government to address the lack of political leadership laid bare in the report.

The report highlights the benefits that going green would mean for our country. All that’s lacking is the political will.

“The report highlights the benefits that going green would mean for our country. All that’s lacking is the political will. The longer the Government stalls on taking radical action, the worse it is for the economic and environmental future of our country.

“We welcome the Citizens’ Assembly recommendations that public transport and active travel, like cycling and walking, be prioritised over building yet more roads. The proposals on energy would revolutionise our country. Allowing households to sell surplus renewable energy back into the grid would create real buy-in to climate action, and allow communities to lead, and benefit from the transition to a low-carbon economy.

This is also a wake-up call that the Government’s farming strategy is unsustainable. The ongoing fodder crisis brings that unsustainability into sharp focus.

“This is also a wake-up call that the Government’s farming strategy is unsustainable. The ongoing fodder crisis brings that unsustainability into sharp focus. Our land cannot sustain current farming practices. Diversifying our farming output – more organic farming, more mixed farming, more forestry, will be better for farmers’ incomes, better for the planet, and for our local environment.”