Wednesday 19 August 2020
Green Party MLA Rachel Woods has today chaired a meeting of the All Party Group on Climate Action in which young climate activists called for urgent action on the climate emergency.
The meeting was arranged as a response to comments concerning the climate emergency on the part of Environment Minister Edwin Poots earlier this month. Young climate activists from NICCY Youth Panel, Northern Ireland Youth Forum, Fridays For Future and Youth Climate Association NI joined the All Party Group on a Skype Call this morning (Wednesday 19 August) and urged government to take urgent action on the climate crisis.
Rachel Woods MLA, Chair of the All Party Group on Climate Change said: "The young people had a clear message to all elected representatives and our Executive Ministers including Minister Poots - take urgent action now to prevent irreversible climate breakdown. The young people get it, they understand the urgency and know that their future is at stake. Climate legislation for Northern Ireland must be enacted.
"I'm pleased that the All Party Group provided a voice to young people this morning, but it's time to act on rather than continue to sit on our hands. The science on climate crisis is clear and irrefutable. This is an emergency situation and the Environment Minister and all Executive Ministers need to act on that.
"The NI Assembly declared a climate emergency earlier this year. The New Decade New Approach Deal contained many climate commitments, including the creation of a Environmental Protection Agency. However, there has been little to no progress on these developments to date."
Rachel Woods MLA concluded: "I'm committed to continue to engage with young climate activists as chair of the All Party Group on Climate Action and to ensure that the climate crisis is understood as real and acted upon at all levels of government."
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