Tánaiste Leo Vardakar has said Ireland has a duty to play its part on taking climate action.
Varadkar said Ireland is no longer seen as a climate laggard, but the nation is not a leader yet.
He noted that Ireland is one of highest per capita emitters in the world.
“Ireland is a small country, we’re only five million people, but if you divide the number of greenhouse gases we emit, by the number of people in the country, we’re actually one of the highest emitters in the world. We have a duty to do our part to bring our emissions down,” he said.
He went on to say that anyone who doubted climate change cannot do so anymore, due to “the fires, the floods, the milder winters, the warmer summers and the shocking biodiversity loss”.
The Tánaiste said the Climate Action Plan 2021 are changes that everyone has to make, that will give a better quality of life for future generations to come.
Varadkar went on to say that the plan is no about coercion, but rather about convincing people.
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