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To: Minister Eamon Ryan, the Green Party, Fine Gael, and Fianna Fáil.

Convene a Citizens Assembly on the Biodiversity Crisis!

Convene a Citizens Assembly on the Biodiversity Crisis!

We are calling upon the Irish Government to:

1. Announce the date for the Citizens’ Assembly on Biodiversity Loss before 16th July 2021 (the beginning of the Dáil’s summer recess);
2. Ensure that the following points are included on the Citizens’ Assembly’s agenda when it considers biodiversity loss:
(a) The possible recognition of a constitutional right to a safe, clean, healthy, and sustainable environment; and
(b) the principles of a Just Transition, to ensure that action taken to address the biodiversity crisis is consistent with these principles.
3. Take leadership on the recognition of environmental rights at the international level.

Why is this important?

More than two years ago - on 9th May 2019 - the Dáil declared a climate and biodiversity emergency and called for the Citizens’ Assembly to examine how the State can improve its response to the issue of biodiversity loss.

Since then, no visible progress has been made, despite the Programme for Government's commitment to “progress the establishment of a Citizens’ Assembly on Biodiversity."

We are now calling upon the Irish Government to treat this like a real emergency and announce the date for a Citizens' Assembly on Biodiversity Loss before July 16th. In addition, we want to ensure the Citizens' Assembly's agenda includes the possible recognition of a constitutional right to a safe, clean, healthy, and sustainable environment environment and the principles of a Just Transition.

Why?

In March 2021, Ireland - alongside 68 other countries - submitted a statement to the UN Human Rights Council stating that “a safe, clean, healthy, and sustainable environment is integral to the full
enjoyment of human rights. Therefore the possible recognition of the right at a global level would have numerous important implications on what we leave to our future generations...We are committed to engaging in an open, transparent and inclusive dialogue with all States and interested stakeholders on
a possible international recognition of the right to a safe, clean, healthy, and sustainable environment.”

Given the Irish Government’s support for the possible recognition of a right to an environment at the international level, for consistency the Government should also support such dialogue at the national level, and the forthcoming Citizens’ Assembly on Biodiversity Loss provides an opportune occasion for this to happen.

The principles of a Just Transition should be included on the Citizens' Assembly's agenda to ensure that action taken to address the biodiversity crisis is consistent with these principles.


Reasons for signing

  • Protect Ireland's Biodiversity!

Updates

2021-07-09 21:30:47 +0100

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