Clare Bailey calls out Environment Minister on Climate Change Bill "scoping" claims

Meán Fómhair 08, 2020 1 min read

Clare Bailey calls out Environment Minister on Climate Change Bill

Tuesday 08 September 2020

Green Party NI Leader Clare Bailey MLA has called out the Environment Minister’s Question Time claim that his Department is “scoping options” for a Climate Change Bill.

Clare Bailey MLA said: “The Environment Minister continues to put a Climate Change Bill on the long finger.

“Meanwhile, climate breakdown and the ecological crisis wait for no-one.

“Whether it’s devastating flooding happening locally, forest fires raging in the Americas or melting polar ice caps – worst case climate scenarios have become the reality and we need to take responsibility.

“There’s no more time for excuses, for procrastination, no time for yet more scoping exercises.

“Northern Ireland is falling behind other parts of these islands on emissions reductions. We learned only last week that our lake water quality is in significant decline.

“It will come as little surprise that we are the only devolved region without specific climate change legislation.

“A Climate Change Bill for Northern Ireland is urgently needed if we are to make a green recovery.”

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