The financial crisis and the credit crunch have brought the failings of current economic and social policies sharply into focus. These global financial upheavals have exposed a wide and systemic failure in how we do business and organise our management of resources. The world is facing a serious crisis in terms of the depletion of our fundamental resources. This will affect every aspect of our lives, from the food we eat to the energy we use at work and at home.
Yet this situation can be seen as an opportunity to transform our economic and social system. We must begin to build a future based on stability, self sufficiency and sustainability. This is no mere ideological stance – we are already experiencing the effects of diminishing resources in the rising price of fuel and food. In Northern Ireland we are well placed to be at the forefront of this change to take advantage of all the benefits offered by the need for skills, industry and services for a global and local low-carbon economy.
Northern Ireland needs to play its part in international efforts prevent the worst consequences of climate change. Introducing legislation to limit our greenhouse gas emissions will provide a clear framework within which we can set future policy. It will also send a signal to investors that we are committed to the technologies required to take Northern Ireland forward towards a low carbon economy, giving them confidence to invest in the green tech sector.
These measures will not only help Northern Ireland play its part in the global fight against climate change, but they will also help create jobs and lead to a fairer, more inclusive society.
The Green Party will ensure that all policies are benchmarked on whether they are good for the economy, good for people and good for the environment.
Our vision means an economy for people and planet, and a politics for the COMMON GOOD.