Stop Climate Chaos
On June 2nd 2010 Just Forests was one of the member groups of the Stop Climate Chaos coalition who took part in a Mass Lobby on climate change. Constituents from all over the country came to Buswells Hotel, across from the Dáil, to meet with their TDs. We were asking TDs to commit to supporting a strong climate law in the Dáil, when the Bill comes before them this Autumn.
Over 70 TDs signed the climate commitment in Buswells on the day, and several more have signed since then. The climate commitment asked TDs to support our asks of:
- supporting the passing of a strong law that achieves targets by making real reductions in our carbon emissions and not by buying 'carbon offset credits',
- ensuring the independent, advisory climate change committee that is planned as part of the Bill, publishes its reports publicly,
- and, to ensure that Ireland's financial contribution to addressing climate change is separate from and additional to the overseas development aid (ODA) budget.
Disappointingly, Minister Gormley signed the climate commitment only after scribbling out by hand the words, "not by buying carbon offset credits". While it is good to have support on the other points from him, we are not happy that the Minister thinks it's ok to buy our way out of the problem instead of reducing emissions here in Ireland.
Brian Cowen (FF) and John Moloney (FF) have not signed yet! Please contact them and ask them to join all the other Laois/Offaly TDs who did sign.
If you are interested in following up with any of your TDs who haven't yet signed the climate commitment, please get in touch with us or get in touch with the Stop Climate Chaos office in Dublin on 01 639 4653, and they can give you support with this.