Transition Statements on Climate Change underline lack of action - Brian Stanley TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Climate Action Brian Stanley TD has said that as the Annual Transition statements were before the Dáil today, “it is clear that the vision and action needed from Government to combat climate change is still not present”.
Teachta Stanley said:
“Today a stream of Junior Ministers made brief statements on what they are doing or not doing on climate change. It was a process in disinterest, inaction and short sighted approach to dealing with climate change.
“This week we also we heard this state will be 95% short on emissions reduction targets. The shocking reality is in all our targets to address climate change, we are failing.
“And though we are a small island, we are an island that can lead by example. Climate change is not a burden, it presents an opportunity.
“This is opportunity in sustainable long term jobs in areas such as biomass and biogas, opportunities in new apprenticeships for retrofitting homes, opportunity to create security of energy supply on this island and opportunity to improve the environment around us.
“Would Government prefer to pay money in fines or put this money into renewable energy to create jobs and a better environment?
“We are beyond small steps, we need vision and action and we need a big leap into a great opportunity.”