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Sinn Féin calls for government to declare a climate emergency – Brian Stanley TD

9 May, 2019 - by Brian Stanley TD

Sinn Féin’s spokesperson for Climate Action and the Environment Brian Stanley TD has this evening called for the government to declare a climate emergency.

Speaking in the Dáil this evening, Deputy Stanley said:

“Sinn Féin is fully committed to climate action.

“We recognise the fact that we are living in a climate crisis - one which will spiral out of control unless we take immediate radical action.

“We are dedicated to action that is both ambitious and based upon a ‘Just Transition’ towards a sustainable, green economy.

“No worker, family or community can be left behind in that transition.

“That is why, this evening, Sinn Féin is calling for the government to declare a climate and biodiversity emergency.

“Climate action should not be viewed as a burden. We should see it as an opportunity to create a stronger, more sustainable economy for everyone.

“To do that, however, we have no option but to radically transform our economy.

“In our minority report we have called for a just transition in line with the International Labour Organisations framework. This is essential to ensure that workers and their communities are not left behind.

“A recent report by ICTU estimates that a €1b euro investment by the state would create 11k net jobs in Solar energy, 4.4k jobs in Wind and a huge 18,750 jobs in the retrofit sector.

“There is huge potential here to move towards a green economy based on decent employment and a sustainable environment.

“This is an issue off fairness and sustainability.”

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