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Young people leading the way on Climate Action

15 November 2019

Statement by Sean Sherlock TD
Spokesperson on Justice, Children and Youth Affairs

Labour spokesperson on Climate Change, Deputy Seán Sherlock, has commended the students taking part in today’s Youth Assembly on Climate Change in the Dáil, as showing true leadership on tackling climate change.

Deputy Sherlock said:

“As a father myself, I think it’s really inspiring to see our young people come out and show such fantastic leadership on what is one of the most serious and pressing issues facing us today.

“They’re sending a clear message to decisions makers and legislators that we have to act on climate change and we have to act now.

“The Labour Party has set tackling climate change as one of our core issues, and having introduced Ireland’s first climate law and city bikes scheme before, we are committed to delivering on climate again.

“We believe that real climate action needs the Government to lead a change of industrial strategy through the funding of state enterprises like Bórd na Móna and ESB, to create new and sustainable jobs.

“Labour would invest in a public home retrofitting programme to end the situation where people can’t afford to heat their homes.

“We would also invest in public transport to encourage people to leave their cars at home, reducing carbon emissions and improving air quality, and make it safer for cyclists on our roads.

“Labour’s Bill to ban microbeads from cosmetic products sought to keep these unnecessary and harmful products from our rivers and oceans, and we introduced our Waste Reduction Bill with the Greens to ban single-use coffee cups.

“Last year Ireland exceeded our annual greenhouse gas emissions allocation by more than five million tonnes. That is simply not good enough. The Government can’t just pay lip service to tackling climate change and real action is needed, now.

“I will be listening carefully to the proposals coming from today’s Youth Assembly and Labour will give a serious response to them.”