Faster and Fairer Climate Action Now
The Programme for Government is being negotiated [more about this action]
A Programme for Government is now under negotiation with TD's from Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and the Green Party.
We need to ask TDs in all parties to tell their leaders and negotiators that containing climate breakdown must be central to the Programme for Government, even was we battle to prevent runaway coronavirus.
These next 5 years are critical. Will you join us in asking your TD to,
1. Deliver fairer and faster climate action, including annual reductions in emissions over the lifetime of the Government, in line with science.
2. Pass the new Climate Action Bill within 100 days of the Dáil functioning again
3. Put people and planet at the centre of any economic recovery plans, and ensure the cross party climate action plans already agreed are included in full in the Programme for Government.
The Government investment and intervention planned to protect jobs and incomes in the wake of COVID 19 is a once-in-a-generation chance to reimagine our economy to better serve society. We need a Fair Recovery that puts the wellbeing of people and and planet first, not a rebooting of business-as-usual.
For over a decade politicians having been saying "business-as-usual is not an option" on climate action, before continuing to promote business-as-usual. This is it. If we want to stop climate breakdown we cannot turn business-as-usual back on.
The last few weeks have upended so many patterns and habits of our consumerist societies. Even as the pandemic has taken its toll in lives and jobs, it has also reminded us of what rally matters to us: family, community, solidarity. If anything good can come of this present calamity it is that we bring the same mutual determination to bear now on preventing the even greater catastrophe of runaway climate change.
In hope and fellowship,
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