Issued in the blog on February 23, 2016 at 02:41:00.
... that doesn't discuss climate change?
The election is in the closing stretch. The final leaders' debate is tonight. Will they discuss climate change? Probably not, but even if they do it'll be short and superficial at best. The reality, however, is that whoever forms the next Government will find climate change high on the policy agenda because of the Paris Agreement, looming EU targets and competing interest groups at home.
So how much thought have the parties actually given it? Below you can see and read for yourself.
We now have 6 parties who have confirmed they will have a representative there: Fine Gael (Senator Cáit Keane), Sinn Fein (Lynn Boylan MEP), AAA-PBP (Richard Boyd Barrett TD), Green Party (Eamon Ryan). Fianna Fail and Labour have yet to name their representative.
Whenever candidates call to the door over the next three weeks, say you’re concerned about climate change. Tell them now by email.
You can mention the flooding, fracking, or Ireland doing its fair share, on the doorstep if you want but, actually, even just saying you’re concerned means the TDs in the next Dáil will be that bit more likely to listen to us.
Friends of the Earth in collaboration with The Progressive Film Club are screening two documentaries - "Solar Mamas" and "Line in the Sand" on the 13th of February from 2:30pm, New Theatre. 43 East Essex Street, Temple Bar. Admission is free, but donations are welcome and will be dividied between the two hosting groups.
Ciara Kirrane - Friends of the Earth's Head of Climate Action will also speak at the event on Friends of the Earth's current campaigns and upcoming events.
Carbon Free vision, 2050 target, community ownership welcome. Needed urgently: detail and delivery
A new national energy policy, the first test of Ireland's determination to play its part in delivering on the ambition of the Paris climate agreement, had been launched my Minister Alex White.
Commenting Kate Ruddock, Policy and Campaigns Manager at Friends of the Earth said,
"We welcome the Minister's vision of a Carbon Free future and the target of an 80-95% reduction in emissions by 2050. It's also good to see the commitment to support citizens and communities owning the clean energy that will power our future. But the concrete actions in today's document don't match the scale of the ambition or the urgency of the challenge.
Tomorrow morning, Wednesday 16th December, Minister Alex White will launch the long awaited White Paper on Energy.
Only days after the historic agreement on climate change was agreed in Paris, this is the first opportunity for Ireland to reveal its true commitment to playing its part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and phase out fossil fuels.
Will it deliver? Friends of the Earth will be analysing it based on the following 6 questions.
Weak agreement in Paris means people power will have to drive transition to climate justice and safety
EU pressure on Ireland for a credible action plan likely to increase, as focus shifts to national 2030 targets
The landmark Paris Agreement will not deliver the climate stability it promises without consistent public pressure for action and accountability, according to Friends of the Earth. It will however increase the pressure on Ireland as the attention turns to negotiations in Brussels, in the New Year, to agree each country’s 2030 target, according to the environmental justice organization.
Speaking from Paris, Friends of the Earth Ireland Chair, Dr Cara Augustenborg, said