In 2015, a global conference in Paris looked at goals needing to be taken to limit global warming to “well below” 2 C. The recently published results from the Climate Change Performance Index, issued by Germanwatch and the NewClimate Institute showed that Ireland was the lowest performing country in the European Union. Dropping 28 places from last year, Ireland ranked 49 out of 59 countries. Ireland is set to be one of the few EU countries to miss its 2020 emission reduction targets. Furthermore Ireland has agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emission by at least 40% by 2030 compared with 1990 level, a goal that would require some serious change in policy.
The recent Citizen’s Assembly on how Ireland can be a Climate Change Leader showed unequivocal support for making transformative changes, but the public desire does not seem to be matching up with political Action. Miriam Gormally met Cara Augustenborg, who is on the board of Friend of the Earth Ireland and who will be talking at the Social Justice Ireland Policy Conference Tue 21st of November entitled, “Society Matters: Reconnecting People and the State” to ask her what can be done. She began by asking her about the connection between Climate Change and Community.
To find our about the conference go to: www.socialjustice.ie