CLIMATE ACT NI
We demand the NI Assembly to secure legally binding, NI specific environmental legislation needed to avert the worst effects of the climate and ecological emergency. We strongly urge them to listen to the best available science, such as the IPCC report. The IPCC report mentions island nations are particularly vulnerable to climate change as stated in chapter 18.104.22.168. We are urging the Northern Ireland Assembly to listen to this science and make the necessary changes to combat the climate and ecological emergency and the threats that come with it. You can read what we’re specifically asking the government if you click our Climate Act NI campaign logo above!
You can sign our petition here!
WHAT IS A CLIMATE ACT?
A climate act is a long-term framework that is legally binding and aims to improve carbon management with the goal of net carbon emissions within a certain timeframe (e.g. by 2030). It ensures that action on climate change is not derailed by changes in government and will also hold them accountable lack of action.
Despite the UK and Ireland both having Climate Acts, Northern Ireland still does not.
WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF A CLIMATE ACT?
A climate act will this make it a legal requirement to reduce carbon emissions but it will also ensure a just transition, which, while reducing emissions, will work to tackle inequality in our society and promote fair work practice. Climate acts must also protect vulnerable biodiversity and key and endangered species, as well as those most vulnerable in our society today.
Read our #ClimateActNI Campaign demands below!
We ask that the Northern Assembly create a legally binding climate act which would have to outline the best possible methods in keeping with the 1.5 degrees target set at Paris in 2015. It is essential that they treat the climate crisis as an emergency. They must treat it like we’re running out of time. Because we are! The act must ensure equity and climate justice, protecting the most vulnerable in our society and helping those in polluting industries transition to clean jobs. (read full length demands here) They must refer to the best available science at all times, such as the IPCC reports.
1- INDEPENDENT CLIMATE COMMISSION
They should establish a climate change commission that advises the government on the best way possible to keep emissions at a minimum and to help keep within targets.
2- GREEN INFASTRUCTURE AND ENERGY
In order to keep emissions as low as they can possibly be, we must begin to transition away from harmful fossil fuels, instead looking at renewable resources such as solar and wave energy. The act should protect our biodiversity, namely our vulnerable species and surroundings. The government must seek better waste management, ensuring non-harmful storage. Sustainability should be taken into consideration in almost all government plans, especially housing, where new homes should be built in accordance with low carbon standards.
3- ENVIRONMENT AND AGRICULTURE
Farming in NI contributes 27% to the overall carbon emissions. Within a Climate Act, farming methods shouldn’t be negatively affecting the environment or biodiversity. There should also be a just transition to a green economy creating green jobs within agriculture, and other sectors. To actively encourage a green economy, and as a result a sustainable and liveable future.
4- CLIMATE EDUCATION
The climate act needs to include climate education within schools and to the public. More people need to be educated on the climate crisis, to understand how serious it is. It has to be completely truthful and aligned with the science to ensure complete comprehension.