Time for action on climate change is now – Brian Stanley TD
Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Climate Action Brian Stanley TD said that recent report on our raising greenhouse gas emission levels show glaringly the failure of government.
Speaking on Climate Change in the Dáil tonight, Teachta Stanley said;
“Not reaching our climate change targets speaks volumes about the lack of vision and lack of action and lack of any long-term planning by successive Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil governments when it comes to climate change.
“Emissions are going upward not down, and we lack specific measures in place to change direction from the carbon cliff we are approaching.
“What we need is binding specific sectoral targets for emissions reduction. We also urgently need a wide portfolio of renewable energy sources; including biogas, biomass, offshore wind, solar and support for the emerging technologies of wave and tidal.
“With these sources of energy, we are protecting our environment, increasing security of supply and creating employment in rural Ireland instead of spending billions on imported fossil fuels.
“We are seeing the effects of climate change with the emergence of erratic weather patterns. Storm Ophelia saw widespread damage in my own constituency of Laois and across the Midlands. Last month in Mountmellick Co. Laois they experienced flash floods, bringing extensive damage to over 100 homes and farm land.
“The Government solution in the National Mitigation Plan is not fit for purpose. It needs immediately to be revised now. In order to take climate change seriously, wide ranging changes in terms of environmental policy are drastically needed.
“Without action, we face fines for not meeting our targets and face environmental implications beyond the control of future generations. It is now up to this generation to act.”