The Green Party in Northern Ireland has said reaching a global consensus on climate action has never been more urgent following the publication today of the first part of the sixth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) assessment on the state of climate change.
The assessment finds that climate change is widespread, rapid and intensifying; that many of the changes observed in the climate are unprecedented in thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of years; and that some of the changes already set in motion – such as continued sea level rise – are irreversible over hundreds to thousands of years.
Reacting to the report, Green Party in Northern Ireland Leader, Clare Bailey MLA said today;
“Today’s report by the IPCC is a stark reminder that the window to act on climate change is closing. We have seen extreme weather on Northern Ireland in recent weeks and the report predicts more intense heatwaves and increased flooding as temperatures rise. Some changes, such as sea level rise, are irreversible.
“Working cross party and with a coalition of civic society, I am leading a Climate Change Bill which puts us on a path to net-zero emissions by 2045 at the latest. This report tells us is that there is no time to waste. We need to act now. We need to act collectively and with the sense of urgency that this report starkly warns us about.
“We know what we have to do. We now need to harness a national and global effort to do it. Failure to act will have devastating consequences, particularly for those vulnerable populations who have done the least to cause climate change.”
Green Party in Northern Ireland deputy leader Mal O’Hara said;
“Today’s IPCC report makes for sobering reading and reminds us of the urgent need to reach a new global consensus for action on climate at the upcoming COP26 in Glasgow. We all must act and political leaders must work together. There is some hope that if we act decisively we can keep temperature change below 1.5 degrees. Join us to keep that pressure on. Be the Change - Join Us! - Green Party Northern Ireland