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Taoiseach warns radical climate action is vital for the Irish economy

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said its essential that radical climate action is taken to protect the Irish and global economy.

Martin said he understands that some people feel the cost of emission cutting measures will be high, but he said the cost of not curbing emissions would be much higher.

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“Economically it’s essential that we do this,” he said.

“Very often people talk about the cost of adjustments and the cost of the measures that we have to introduce in respect of climate change, but just think of the enormous disruption that big weather events or events that are a consequence of climate change will have on our economies in the future.”

“It will not be economically sustainable to carry on the way we are carrying on, either nationally or globally.”

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The Taoiseach went on to say the Government wants to implement income systems that reward farmers for protecting biodiversity, the waterways and creating food production systems that are less harmful, in terms of emissions.

“I would say to people as well that a city without fossil fuels is a much cleaner place to live in, a much healthier place to live in,” he continued.

“I don’t see why people would be against cleaner oceans, cleaner water, fresher air and a healthier lifestyle and that’s actually what we can develop. That’s the carrot.”

IMAGE – “Dáil Éireann – Election of Taoiseach” by House of the Oireachtas (CCBY2.0)

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