Thursday, 15 November 2018
UCD STUDENTS’ UNION ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR CLIMATE CASE IRELAND
Today, UCD Students’ Union officially announced their support for Climate Case Ireland. Inspired by the wave of global climate litigation in the Netherlands, Pakistan, the USA and Colombia, among others, Climate Case Ireland, an initiative of the NGO Friends of the Irish Environment, is taking the Government of Ireland and Ireland's Attorney General to court to demand climate action. Climate Case Ireland has asked the Irish High Court to quash the National Mitigation Plan (Ireland’s unambitious climate policy) and remit it to the government for remaking in compliance with the law.
Ireland currently has the third highest level of carbon emissions per capita in Europe, and according to the Environmental Protection Agency, our emissions are projected to actually increase by 11-12% between 1990 and 2020, when the government has acknowledged that our emissions need to fall by 25-40% over this period to help avert dangerous climate change.
Climate Case Ireland argues that failure to take the required urgent and ambitious action on climate change infringes national, EU and international law (Climate Act 2015; EU 2020 emissions targets; Paris Agreement)and breaches constitutional and human rights, including the right to an environment, and the right to life. The World Health Organisation has estimated that about 250,000 additional people will die as a result of climate change each year from 2030 to 2050.
Katie O’Dea, Environmental Campaign Coordinator said;
‘The Irish government is failing to meet climate change targets agreed at EU and international levels and failing to take leadership on critical environmental issues that are impacting Irish people right now. This issue is not going to resolve itself. Our government needs to stand up and take action.
Many students in UCD were born after the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the first international climate agreement in 1992. In the twenty-six years that have followed, we have shied away from becoming leaders in climate action. We know from the latest IPCC report that transformative climate policy is needed now.
Climate Case Ireland is taking this case on behalf of the people of Ireland and students must be a strong voice in support, advocating urgent and ambitious action.’