Following the establishment of a new Government, and the appointment of Deputy Denis Naughten as Minister for Communications, Climate Change and Natural Resources, we have formally written to Minister Naughton, drawing his attention to the call for a Citizens' Convention for a Post-Carbon Ireland, and requesting an early meeting to discuss the initiative. We will report here as soon as there is a response. See our letter here: http://www.postcarbonireland.org/data/uploads/min-naughton-intro-2016-05-10-full.pdf
To: All TDs and Senators newly elected to the Oireachtas following General Election 2016
Create a Citizens' Convention for a Post-Carbon Ireland
Create a Citizens' Convention for a Post-Carbon Ireland: that is, a sustained, citizen-led, national discourse on the challenges that climate change poses to our society, and how we can and will respond.
Why is this important?
Since pre-industrial times, our world has warmed by a global average of almost 1 degree celsius, due primarily to greenhouse gas pollution from human activities. This has already triggered serious planetary-scale climate disruption, and is having devastating humanitarian impacts on vulnerable communities in diverse geographical regions.
But we are not powerless. We can still act: both to limit the speed and ultimate severity of global climate impacts, and to brace our own society for the potentially drastic shocks ahead due to the climate disruptions we have already initiated.
This will require urgent and radical societal transformation. That can only happen with the willing engagement and support of the people. We need a genuine, sustained process that allows every single citizen and community in Ireland to fully consider the range and nature of the changes we face, and to advance policies and actions that are commensurate with them. Only in this way can we hope to create the unity and solidarity that is essential to create a strong, resilent, and genuinely sustainable society.
We need a Citizens' Convention for a Post-Carbon Ireland.
How it will be delivered
We have sent the petition to the Minister for Communications, Climate Change and Natural Resources, Denis Naughten TD, and have sought a meeting to progress the initiative. But we still need as much support as possible - so please continue to tell your friends, tell your families, promote in social media - get them all to sign this petition to maximise the opportunity for effective, fair and inclusive climate action as a matter of urgency. Do watch the website for further updates!