Climate change bill is urgent: Stanley
Sinn Féin spokesperson on environment, community and local government, Brian Stanley TD has accused the government of, “abandoning vulnerable communities to climate change in Ireland and in Africa.”
Speaking at the Dáil Environment Committee following presentations from the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance, Kenyan Climate Justice Women Champions and Pastoral Women’s Council of Tanzania, Stanley said: “Today’s presentations were vital and gave us the opportunity to hear at first hand the effects of climate change in Africa. The consequences of climate change are being felt worst by those who did not cause it.
“The government’s light touch approach, letting the different sectors to set and reach targets will not work. It is only wishful thinking.
“It is vital that the forthcoming climate change bill has targets. This is the only way we will avoid a carbon cliff and further destruction in Africa. We have to meet our legally binding reduction in carbon emission targets for 2020 and a further 85% reduction in by 2050.
“Recognising Ireland’s agricultural sector will be critical. The government must ensure that the mitigation for agriculture and forestry is accurately measured by the EU and the UN.
“Unfortunately for Irish people, but in particular for African communities the government will not now be introducing the Climate Change Bill until 2014. This was confirmed with the publication of the Legislative Programme. The government are effectively abandoning whole communities to the drastic effects of climate change.
“Climate change must be priority for this government. The climate change bill must be introduced immediately.”