Campaigners are taking the government to court on climate change, and they need our support
Posted by Oisín Coghlan on May 07, 2018 at 08:37 AM
Friends of the Earth led the campaign for a climate law in Ireland. It was finally passed in the same month as the Paris Agreement on climate action in 2015.
And yet the Government is still dragging its feet. So now our fellow campaigners at Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE) have filed an historic climate change lawsuit against the Government, and we need your help to spread the word!
Sign the petition to tell the Government that the Climate Case is in your name.
Ireland’s per capita emissions are among the highest in the EU. Overall, emissions in Ireland are set to have increased by almost 10% between 1990 and 2020. This is way out of step with the big cuts in emissions that the Government itself has acknowledged are necessary to help stop dangerous climate change. It’s especially alarming that the Government is failing to act with the required ambition when the consequences of climate change, like ex-Hurricane Ophelia, are already hitting home. That’s why FIE is taking the Government to court.
The case is inspired by global climate litigation, including a landmark case in which Dutch citizens successfully sued their Government for climate inaction, and is the first of its kind in Ireland. It will be heard by the High Court within the next year and will be building on FIE's milestone establishment in 2017 of a Constitutional right to an environment consistent with human dignity.
Share this video on facebook to promote the case. We want the Government to know that this case is for all of us. We're asking all our supporters to help spread the word by sharing and retweeting the website.
Retweet from their twitter feed, or here's some sample tweets you can copy and paste:
> Dear @campaignforleo, #ClimateCaseIreland is also in my name www.climatecaseireland.ie
> Ireland has among the highest per capita carbon emissions in the EU, and they’re still rising. That's why I support #ClimateCaseIreland www.climatecaseireland.ie
> I want Ireland to do its part to stop dangerous climate change. I support #ClimateCaseIreland www.climatecaseireland.ie
> Groundbreaking #ClimateCaseIreland: @climatecaseire is holding the Government of Ireland accountable for its climate inaction. www.climatecaseireland.ie
> Gathering support for this case from around the world is crucial—so please do share widely!
Friends of the Earth is always looking to add to the pressure on the government to act on climate change - seeing as science and safeguarding our future haven't made them swing into action - and this groundbreaking legal case take by FIE is a key opportunity.
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