Tuesday 14 January 2020
The Green Party NI has wasted no time in urging the NI Assembly and Executive to recognise and act on climate and ecological breakdown, submitting an Assembly Motion calling for the declaration of a climate emergency.
The motion was submitted by Green Party NI leader Clare Bailey MLA and Rachel Woods, MLA for North Down, today. (Monday 13 January).
Rachel Woods MLA said: “The point of no return from catastrophic climate breakdown is drawing ever closer. Climate scientists advise that we have a mere decade before we reach the tipping point of runaway global warming.
“Immediate action on climate breakdown at a local level is needed. The first step is recognition and that’s why we are urging the Executive Office to declare a climate emergency.
“The motion then asks for the production of a detailed Climate Action Plan to set out the steps needed to put climate action and climate justice and the forefront of the work of every Executive department.”
Notes to Editors:
1. Full Text of Motion:
‘That this Assembly notes with concern the lack of action to address the climate emergency in Northern Ireland; notes the recent IPCC report on the impacts of climate breakdown. It further calls on the First and Deputy First Minister to declare an immediate ‘Climate Emergency’ with the intent to produce a detailed Climate Action Plan for Northern Ireland.’
Rachel Woods MLA
Clare Bailey MLA