Ask your TDs to meet you in Buswells on 15th November

3rd November 2016

Stop Climate Chaos will be hosting briefing meetings between TDs and local constituents in Buswells Hotel on Tuesday 15th November from 11am to 7pm.

In the coming days supporters of the 31 member organizations of the coalition, from An Taisce to Trócaire, will be emailing their local TDs asking to meet them in Buswells on the day. And we're inviting anyone else interested in seeing climate action in Ireland to take part too!

The focus of the day is the challenges and opportunities for Ireland in the rapid and just transition to a carbon free future that is now imperative. The Government has set a national transition objective of an 80% reduction in emissions between transport, energy and buildings and carbon neutrality for agriculture by 2050. In fact, that is the least we will have to do to do our fair share to achieve the goals of the landmark Paris Agreement, which is about to come into force, to limit global warming to less than 2C.

In the nearer term we face challenging EU targets for 2020 and 2030 and unfortunately we have no plan for how to meet them. The National Climate Change Strategy expired at the end of 2012. Thankfully, the Climate Action Act requires a new national action plan to be agreed before June next year so it is now timely to discuss what should be in it.

We’re really looking forward to the National Dialogue on Climate Change promised in the Programme for Government and the TD meetings we’re hosting on 15th November is a down payment from Stop Climate Chaos on our commitment to be enthusiastic participants in that dialogue.

We think there are many positive initiatives the Oireachtas and the Government can progress to help achieve a stable climate while helping all our communities build a clean, healthy and prosperous future, and we look forward to discussing them with TDs on the day.

The next step is for you to ask your local TD(s) for a meeting on the 15th. Once a few people have done that for any TD we will coordinate with their office about the best time for the meeting. Staff members from the various Stop Climate Chaos member organizations will be on hand on the day to help you prepare for the meeting. The email action to ask your TD(s) to meet you is live here now.

Please also see 2 page briefing below.