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Sinn Féin to speak at ‘People Against Climate Change’ Debate

28 January, 2008 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún will tomorrow take part in a debate hosted by the organisation 'People Against Climate Change' in the Cultivate Centre in Temple Bar.

The group have invited speakers from the six main political parties to debate how emissions can be reduced in Ireland.

Speaking ahead of the event the MEP said:

"Climate change is not only the major political challenge of our time; it is also one of the greatest social, environmental and economic threats that society has experienced in recent history. "Binding domestic legislation which incorporates emission reduction targets can go some way to address the affects of climate change at home and throughout the world. Whilst last weeks EU climate package will in part force the Irish government to deliver reductions it must be much more proactive in embracing necessary changes in environmental policy across a range of sectors.

"A Climate Protection Bill with annual appraisals that places the emphasis on action at local and national level would leave government with no option but to deliver long term sustainable environmental development that positions climate change as a priority policy concern. "This is just one of the political solutions I will be outlining at tomorrow nights event. I am delighted to be taking part in the debate and look forward to investigating how we can develop all-Ireland cross party support on this critical issue. After all, the effects of climate change have no borders." CRÍOCH

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