Climate Action and Protecting our Environment
If elected to the European Parliament, I will work and campaign for a sustainable Europe that prioritises environmental protection and climate action.
My Policy Proposals
- Hold both the Irish Government and European institutions accountable for their role in delivering commitments on climate change in the Paris Agreement and EU 2030
- An “EU Just Transition Fund” to address climate change in a manner that doesn’t punish families, working people and small businesses.
- Introduce meaningful ways to engage young people on climate action. I will support local and regional citizens assemblies and youth assemblies on climate action in partnership with local youth/community/environmental groups.
- The introduction of a Bottle Return Deposit Scheme which would encourage consumers to recycle plastic.
- Expand local initiatives including bike share across the region. It is vital we work closely with local communities to empower them to take local action.
- Climate change and environmental protection is the most important issue for the coming decade
- The decisions we make now (or the decisions we fail to make) will impact on our children and young people and the world we leave to them
- Positive change can only occur when countries work together – withdrawing behind our borders and turning away from the EU project is the worst decision we can make in relation to tackling climate change
- We must ensure a just transition to the post carbon economy, those with most and those who pollute the most should shoulder the burden, citizens and workers on low and middle incomes must be supported
- We must better enable citizens, in particular young people to channel their enthusiasm, energy and ideas into decisions and actions at local, national and European level to positively address climate change
- Ireland has been rated as the worst performing country in the EU (by the Climate Change Performance Index which assesses performances against 14 indicators) https://static.rasset.ie/documents/news/2018/12/ccpi2019-results.pdf
- Taoiseach has already acknowledged that Ireland will miss the EU2020 targets which will results in fines or requirement by Government to buy credits costing between €96m and €500m https://data.oireachtas.ie/ie/oireachtas/debateRecord/dail/2018-11-20/debate/mul@/main.pdf P121
- Unless concerted action is taken now, Ireland will be on course also to miss its EU 2030 targets and also Paris Climate Change commitments
- § The Government promised a Whole of Government Action Plan to address climate change by the end of March, this target has also been missed https://www.newstalk.com/news/all-of-government-environmental-plan-to-be-published-by-end-of-march-487758
Real change can come from four core pillars:
- Detailed plans of action, with target dates and political accountability to ensure Implementation of our international commitments under the Paris Climate Change Agreement, EU 2020 and EU 2030 in Ireland and across Europe
- Actions and measures to ensure a “Just Transition”, to support those on low incomes and workers in vulnerable sectors to make the transition to a post carbon economy. Excellent report here by SIPTU https://www.siptu.ie/media/publications/file_20561_en.pdf
- Giving citizens, in particular young people a real say in climate and environmental policy.
- Support and invest in schemes and measures to facilitate and support citizens to contribute to directly support climate action
- Bottle Bank Scheme
- Local and Regional Bike share schemes