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de Brún to attend Carbon Army launch

26 November, 2009 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP, Bairbre de Brún will be attending the launch of the Carbon Army at Old Colin Woodland, Belfast on Friday 27th November at 11am.

Conservation Volunteers NI will launch its Carbon Army to tie in with the UN Climate Change summit in Copenhagen at the start of December. The leading enironmental charity believes actions speak louder than words, so local volunteers are joining with others to make their actions heard.

Local Conservation Volunteers will be tree planting on Friday at 11am in Old Colin Woodland to highlight how local, collective actions can help to mitigate the impacts of climate change. During this event Bairbre de Brún MEP will encourage and plant trees alongside the local community, school children and Conservation Volunteers.

They're among thousands of volunteers carrying out 3000 days of action in the first three weeks of December - one day for every delegate at the summit. This will include volunteering on local food growing projects to reduce the carbon impact of food miles while others are helping to conserve urban green spaces to keep cities cool.

Speaking in advance of Friday morning's Carbon Army launch, Bairbre de Brún MEP who is a member of the European Parliament Environment Committee said:

" As we reach the final days for a global agreement on tackling climate change we need to encourage world leaders to agree ambitious targets and we also need to take practical steps here at home, on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable transport or through planting trees which absorb and store carbon dioxide."

"As I travel to the UN climate summit in Copenhagen as part of the official European Parliament delegation, I will bring with me the encouragement of the environmental volunteers involved in Days of Action here at home. This is a great initiative and I would encourage young and old alike to participate". ENDS

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