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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

COP26: Ireland is ready to play its part on climate change, there is no other choice

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has told the COP26 conference in Glasgow that if we take action now, we will offer humanity “the most valuable prize of all – a liveable planet.”

He said those in the developed world have contributed most of the problems that confront everyone, any they have an obligation to support those who are most challenged by the consequences.

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“Ireland accepts that obligation,” he said.

“In support of achieving the $100bn target, I am therefore pleased to announce today that Ireland will more than double its contribution to developing countries, so that we are delivering at least €225m a year by 2025.”

“As leaders, if we are to bring people with us on this journey of a lifetime we must also recognise and respect the real anxiety that many people feel when confronted by such an enormous challenge.”

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The Taoiseach said it is vital that world leaders offer the leadership now the world most desperately needs.

“The IPCC Report in August confirmed to us that it is widespread, it is rapid, and it is intensifying,” he said.

“The scale of this change is unprecedented, but, as the report made clear, it is not too late.

“Human actions still have the potential to determine the future course of climate, the very future of our planet,” he continued.

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

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