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The National Mitigation Plan Highlights the Government’s Lack of Ambition When it Comes to Climate Change

19 July 2017 - Christian Aid Ireland has expressed its disappointment that the Government's long-awaited National Mitigation Plan doesn't do enough to reduce Ireland's climate-changing pollution.  

Head of Policy and Advocacy at Christian Aid Ireland, Sorley McCaughey said: 

‘The National Mitigation Plan continues to be focused on difficulty and cost of implementing rather than championing opportunities for a new clean efficient future. ' 

‘The finalised Plan does not reflect the level of action that Ireland committed to when it ratified the Paris Agreement in late 2016 and Ireland is now one of two countries in the European Union which will miss its 2020 emission reduction targets. ‘ 

Sorley McCaughey said: 

‘The plan fails to offer anything new or ambitious in terms of just 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.’ 

'The moment has now come for major economy leaders, including Ireland, to shift gears from rhetoric to hard action and get on with the business at hand, towards a clean, sustainable and resilient global economy.' 

For media queries contact: 
Sorley McCaughey

Head of Advocacy and Policy
Christian Aid Ireland
087-0620062 (m)

Tess Purcell
Marketing and Communications Officer
Christian Aid Ireland
+353(0)14967040 / +353 87 666 78 08 

Additional Notes:
  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’s core belief is that the world can and must be changed so that poverty is ended: this is what we stand for. Everything we do is about ending poverty and injustice: swiftly, effectively, and sustainably. Our strategy document ‘From Inspiration to Impact’ outlines how we set about this task.

  3. 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. Further details at http://actalliance.org

  4. Follow Christian Aid Ireland on Twitter: twitter.com/christianaidirl

  5. For more information about the work of Christian Aid, visit www.christianaid.ie

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