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Southside councils publish Climate Change Action Plans

Monday, 16th September, 2019 1:00pm
Southside councils publish Climate Change Action Plans

Chris Galvin, Cllr Brian Lawlor, David Dodd of Dublin CARO, Teresa Walsh, Danny McLoughlin and Cllr Vicki Casserly at the Climate Change Action Plan launch.

Southside councils publish Climate Change Action Plans

Chris Galvin, Cllr Brian Lawlor, David Dodd of Dublin CARO, Teresa Walsh, Danny McLoughlin and Cllr Vicki Casserly at the Climate Change Action Plan launch.

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DUBLIN’S climate is changing and this poses significant risks and challenges to all of those living in the region.

In response to this, both South Dublin County Council and Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council have produced their own Climate Change Action Plans 2019-2024.

Both plans were approved by the Elected Members of each council, and are recognised as a key enabler of ongoing public sector leadership in implementing and influencing climate action at a local level.

The Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) identifies the main climate risks facing Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and includes both the council’s and the current levels of greenhouse gas emissions across the area.

Cllr Shay Brennan, Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, said: “I welcome the publication of the Climate Change Action Plan 2019-2024, which marks a significant step forward in the council’s efforts in combating the causes and impacts of climate change.

“In rolling out this plan, the council will continue to demonstrate local leadership across a range of action areas, with the aim of supporting other sectors in carrying out their own climate change efforts, in particular citizens, businesses and community groups across the county.

“I look forward to the implementation of the plan, in collaboration with my colleagues in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and the other Dublin local authorities.”

Through its own Climate Change Action Plan, South Dublin County Council has put forward 130 actions that are either ongoing or planned within the council under five key areas - Energy and Buildings, Transport, Flood Resilience, Nature-Based Solutions and Resource Management.

CCAP is aligned to the Government’s ‘Climate Action Plan 2019 To Tackle Climate Breakdown’.

The leadership role of local authorities across Ireland in tackling the climate crisis is recognised in the National Plan, together with stimulating local level action across other sectors and by the general public.

The public consultation for the Climate Change Action Plan was held through a series of events and workshops between February and March this year. South Dublin County Council received a total of 73 submissions during this period.

Daniel McLoughlin, Chief Executive of South Dublin County Council, added: “The publication of the council’s Climate Change Action Plan marks a key milestone in an ongoing partnership between our staff, elected members, Codema, the Dublin Climate Action Regional Office, and a range of other stakeholders.

“We are committed to continued climate action across the key areas of adaptation, mitigation and public engagement. I also wish to recognise the continued Government support such as the Climate Action Fund, which the council has already availed of for the Tallaght District Heating Scheme.”

Meanwhile, the Climate Vigil Group, which meets every Friday morning on Main Street, Dundrum, is gearing up for the Global Climate Strike.

On Friday, September 20, citizens of all ages will be coming together for the same reason – to protect the planet and safeguard the futures of our children and grandchildren.

The Dundrum group is hoping that large numbers of local people will leave their workplaces, schools and homes to come together on Main Street for an hour from 10am in a show of solidarity.

“This is an opportunity for local people to take part, especially those who cannot travel into the city centre to join the major demonstrations there,” they said in a statement.

Local clergy of all denominations, TDs and county councillors are all being invited to come to the Main Street event, and the group says many are expected to attend.

The vigil group is distributing posters and leaflets to local shops, libraries, community centres and parish offices ina a bid to reach as many local people as possible.

“Scientific experts agree that humanity has only 10-11 years left to take the necessary actions to avoid catastrophe,” Dundrum Climate Vigil group said.

“As one poster at a recent student rally put it, ‘The dinosaurs thought they had time, too!’

Dundrum Climate Vigil group said they hope that everyone who is concerned for the future, and understands the urgent need for action, will come along.

The Climate Vigil Group, which meets every Friday morning on Main Street, Dundrum, is gearing up for the Global Climate Strike on Friday, September 20.

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