There is no PLANet B – Where to now for Irish Climate Policy?
Climate Change has received unprecedented media coverage in Ireland over the last six weeks. During this time the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act has come into law and the historic Paris Agreements were adopted at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21). Meanwhile at home there have been serious and persistent flooding incidents across the entire country with people being forced to leave their homes and facing serious clean-up costs. Minister Brendan Howlin has said that relocation programmes and large levies on insurance policies may both have to be considered to tackle future floods.
In this context the Wexford Lions Club brought together a panel of speakers to discuss some of these key issues, with a focus on clarifying the state of play with Ireland’s international obligations and to discuss what kinds of actions should be at the top of the Government’s priorities as we address this multi-faceted issue.
The line-up of speakers is as follows:
• Dr Padraic Larkin(Chairperson), Director of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (retired) – overview of climate science
• Mr George Hussey, Statistician Department of Environment Community and Local Government – COP21 and Ireland’s international obligations
• Professor John Fitzgerald, Chairperson Climate Change Advisory Council (CCAC) – The role of the CCAC in informing Irish Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Policy and future priorities
• Mr Oisín Coghlan, Director Friends of the Earth Ireland – making the case for ambitious mitigation objectives in the context of a heightened awareness of the domestic need for adaptation funding
Presentations on the night were followed by a short question and answer session and debate. The event took place in Clayton Whites Hotel at 7.30pm on Tuesday 9th of February.
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