Crunch time for the Climate Law - action time for us all!
Posted by Oisín Coghlan on February 12, 2021 at 10:44 AM
I’m almost scared to say it out loud - for fear of jinxing things. But here goes anyway….2021 should finally be the year that Ireland gets a new, stronger, Climate Law.
I’ve got to admit, when the draft law was published last autumn I was disappointed. But a huge movement rose up, determined to make this law better. The actions of Friends of the Earth supporters - along with countless other activists, groups and organisations - were immense. Whether you took an e-action, called your TD or took part in the TD Lobby in December, your action has made a real difference.
The Oireachtas Committee tasked with scrutinizing the draft Climate Law really felt our pressure! This Committee has now produced a very good report, with a list of recommendations to strengthen the law. Having this report is a powerful tool in our campaigning tool box. Now we just need to use it! It’s crucial that the Government accepts the report’s recommendations - and addresses some remaining weaknesses in the Bill. So could you email your TDs asking them to ensure the Government does this? The Government will make its final decisions on the Climate Law in the next couple of weeks - so there’s no time to lose!
Friends of the Earth has campaigned for a strong climate law for many years. But this law is just one piece in the climate action puzzle. We must build a fossil free world to genuinely address the climate crisis. Ireland has shown some leadership here, banning onshore fracking and purging our national investment fund of fossil fuel investments. Last week, the Government agreed on a proposal to ban new licenses for offshore oil and gas exploration. Good news - but we need to go further.
The Programme for Government promised to ban the import of fracked gas through Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) terminals. But we are yet to see a policy statement to deliver on this promise. Now the Government has a chance to use the Climate Bill to introduce this ban. We need to push them to consider this before their deliberations on the Climate Law are over. So could you email your TDs now using our quick and easy e-action tool?
Banning the import of fracked gas as LNG would help ensure that Ireland’s energy system aligns with our domestic ban on fracking. And it would send a powerful message of solidarity to the communities around the world who are suffering the impacts of fracking. These communities are battling with fracking associated health impacts, water contamination and disruption to their homes and livelihoods. The global trade in LNG is being fuelled by the boom in fracking. And LNG transport infrastructure, such as LNG terminals that could be built in Ireland, keep that fracking boom going. By banning these terminals in Ireland we can help disrupt this devastating circuit. So will you stand with communities impacted by fracking by emailing your TDs now?