Wicklow County Council deserves credit for leading the charge nationally in declaring a biodiversity and climate-change emergency, said Fine Gael European Election candidate for Ireland South, Andrew Doyle today (Friday).
“Wicklow County Council became the first local authority in Ireland to declare an emergency, recognising the need to respond more urgently to climate breakdown threats, along with the global decline of species,” he said.
“This, on its own merit, is admirable, but what makes me prouder is the fact that the Dáil last night followed suit by also declaring a climate and biodiversity emergency. This came on foot of the report of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action being adopted. Ireland is just the second country in the world to declare an emergency on this vital issue. We are entering a period of immense change – in how we work, travel and live. But I’m encouraged by the fact that all-parties are committed to the task ahead
“In a report published last December, Ireland was ranked the worst country in Europe in addressing climate action. Last night’s move sends a clear message to both to the Government and the Irish people that we are now ready to tackle the challenges ahead.
“I would like to pay tribute to Wicklow County Council by setting an example in their initiative earlier this month. Wicklow has a long tradition of respecting and nurturing the natural amenities it its county and Councillors, management and staff have really led the charge on this issue, which I hope other local authorities will follow.”