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Christian Aid Ireland calls on Irish Government to take immediate action following publication of Climate Change Advisory Council report

26 July 2017 - Christian Aid Ireland has called on the Government to take immediate action following today’s publication of the Climate Change Advisory Council’s first Periodic Review report.

The Council’s report has highlighted the need for concrete commitments on new measures to tackle climate change by the Government.
Jennifer Higgins, Policy and Advocacy Advisor at Christian Aid Ireland, said: 
'The Irish Government must take immediate action in light of the release today of the Climate Change Advisory Council report.

'Despite the report being submitted to the Government before the release of the National Mitigation Plan last week, many of the recommendations made by the Council are absent from the final plan. 
'The finalised National Mitigation Plan does not reflect the level of action that Ireland committed to when it ratified the Paris Agreement in late 2016. Ireland is now one of two countries in the European Union, which will miss its 2020 emission reduction targets. 
'The Climate Change Advisory Council recommends that Ireland should aim to have no further negative impacts on the climate system by the middle of this century. Yet looking at the National Mitigation Plan, Ireland is failing to offer anything new or ambitious in terms of climate action, which will have a substantial environmental and human cost.

'Millions of the world’s poorest people are feeling the worst impacts of climate change and experts predict more floods, drought and extreme weather patterns to come. For those living in poverty, this means more hunger, conflict and insecurity, and a more uncertain future for us all.

'Christian Aid Ireland strongly urges the Government to act now on the recommendations made by the Council and to demonstrate greater ambition and leadership on climate justice.'



For more information please contact:

Tess Purcell, Marketing and Communications Officer, 00353 (0) 87 6667808


Meabh Smith, Head of Communications, 00353 (0) 87 2068483 


Notes to editors: 

  1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in around 40 countries at any one time. We act where there is great need, regardless of religion, helping people to live a full life, free from poverty. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance in tackling the root causes of poverty as well as its effects.

  2. Christian Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of more than 130 churches and church-related organisations that work together in humanitarian assistance, advocacy and development. 

  3. Follow Christian Aid Ireland on Twitter @christianaidirl

  4. For more information about the work of Christian Aid Ireland visit www.christianaid.ie

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