Monday 10 May 2021
Lead Sponsor of the Climate Bill for Northern Ireland, Clare Bailey MLA has commented after a majority of MLAs supported the Climate Bill for Northern Ireland at its Second Stage reading.
Clare Bailey MLA said: “I’m delighted that MLAs from right across the political spectrum voted in favour of the Climate Bill for Northern Ireland.
“Their support comes as recognition that urgent action is needed to deal with climate breakdown and species decline and an acknowledgement that we must pass climate specific legislation during this Assembly mandate.
“MLAs have also backed a central feature of the Climate Change Bill, in that the transition to a low carbon society and economy must be a fair and sustainable one, with no-one left behind.
“The Bill will now proceed to the Committee Stage when we will receive evidence from a wide range of stakeholders and organisations.
“I’d like to thank the co-sponsors of the Bill and the Climate Coalition for Northern Ireland for working in partnership to get us to this point in the legislative process.
"Mitigating climate breakdown will require us to do things differently right across society. This evening, political parties and independent MLAs have shown the way in progressing a ground-breaking Bill which has been shaped by the knowledge, expertise and commitment of civic society."
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