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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!



2021-10-13 12:52:02 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2016-05-16 09:24:50 +0100

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:

2016-02-29 11:15:02 +0000

Thanks to all for their support during the election campaign. We will be following up with political parties and individual TDs in the run-up to the convening of the 32nd Dáil and prospective election of a new Taoiseach and government. Do please continue to circulate and promote the petition in this critical period.

2016-02-17 23:23:32 +0000

500 signatures reached

2016-02-15 14:29:50 +0000

We wrote to the Director General of RTÉ, inviting him to consider how climate action might be most appropriately addressed during the current general election campaign, specifically including during televised “Leaders’ Debates”. We've received a very speedy reply, confirming that our letter has been passed on "to a range of senior Editorial staff in News, TV and Radio, for consideration":

2016-02-14 11:44:21 +0000

We've just received our first official party response to our call for a Citizens' Convention for a Post-Carbon Ireland, and it's from the Labour party:…/labour-response-2016-02-…

Requires careful parsing: but could be interpreted as a (qualified) "yes"?

Please keep promoting the petition - it's making a real impact!

2016-02-12 18:10:21 +0000

100 signatures reached

2016-02-12 12:19:41 +0000

50 signatures reached

2016-02-12 10:14:42 +0000

25 signatures reached

2016-02-12 09:01:16 +0000

10 signatures reached

2016-02-12 07:23:13 +0000

Check the website for full details on the call for a Citizens' Convention for a Post-Carbon Ireland