Taoiseach Micheál Martin has warned that we have no choice but to take action in regards to tackling climate change while adding that everyone must deal with the realities of the issue.
Martin stated, “We have no choice here. The climate change will catch up with us. It will catch up with our farming. It will catch up with our agriculture if we don’t take action,”.
Martin said that he had an opportunity to work with the farming sector to ensure a sustainable future for young farmers while adding that there needs to be a switch to providing income to farmers to protect biodiversity which will allow them to grow native tree species and clear waterways.
The Taoiseach warned against scaremongering, stating that he didn’t accept the report in the Irish Farmers Journal that cutting emissions by 21% could result in the loss of 10,000 jobs.
Martin said that “we have no choice here”, saying that there have been headlines describing the goals on climate action as outlandish.
At COP26, Martin said that the government’s action plan will contain specific sector by sector details that will outline the measures needed to be taken over the next decade in order to achieve the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 51% in the year 2030 and to be net-zero by the year 2050.
“No sector will escape and it will be very challenging”.
While acknowledging that Ireland has missed climate targets in the past, Martin said that the passing of the climate law means legal imperatives have been set for the government and future governments to achieve.
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