Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan today voted on a climate change
report in Strasbourg ahead of next week’s Climate Change talks in Lima.
Speaking after the debate, Lynn Boylan, a member of the European committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety said:
“The EU delegation that is heading off to Lima for the climate change conference should be ambitious in their aspirations and actions. Any plan agreed to bring into the negotiations in Paris in 2015 needs to be friendly to the developing world and should espouse the principles of fairness and transparency. The measures agreed should be quantifiable and comparable.
The recently published Trócaire report on climate change highlights how climate change adversely affects the developing nations with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warning that climate change will increase poverty and hunger over the coming decades. Their research shows that it is the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world that are on the front lines, with their ability to grow food and earn an income diminishing by the day.
Both at home and at an EU level we need to lead the way on Climate Change. Ireland has been described as being “significantly off track” in meeting targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. With a report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) finding that Ireland is highly likely to miss its 2020 emissions targets.
We can no longer ignore the irrefutable scientific evidence on climate change." added Ms Boylan.