Monday 10 May 2021
The ground-breaking Climate Change Bill for Northern Ireland reaches second stage reading in the Assembly on Monday 10 May 2021.
Clare Bailey MLA is lead sponsor of the Climate Bill which has received cross party support from Sinn Fein, SDLP, UUP, Alliance, PBP and independent MLAs.
The Bill was drafted by legal experts for the Climate Coalition Northern Ireland, a coalition of academics, lawyers, environmentalists, NGO’s and youth organisations.
Clare Bailey MLA, Leader of the Green Party NI, said: “The Climate Bill is the first ever piece of climate specific legislation for Northern Ireland, and the second stage of the Bill is another important milestone.
“This Bill is ground-breaking and so has attracted significant interest since it was first drafted. The legislative process to date has included extensive engagement and dialogue on various aspects of the Bill with a range of groups and organisations.
“Together with members of the Climate Coalition NI, I've met with groups representing rural communities, environmental groups, farmers as well as the energy, infrastructure and transportation sectors. I look forward to continued consultation as the bill progresses.
“My take on the Bill is clear and consistent in that it is both ambitious and achievable. Ambitious because it needs to be and achievable because it is a governance framework Bill without sectoral specific targets.”
Clare Bailey MLA concluded:
“In recent weeks we’ve witnessed fires engulfing the Mournes, another massive pollution incident which obliterated fish stocks in Co. Tyrone and a report documenting the potential for thousands of premature deaths due to air pollution.
“Climate inaction is not an option. The Climate Bill for Northern Ireland opens up the possibility for a fair and just transition to a low carbon and sustainable economy and society which leaves no one behind.”
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