Over the past month, we have highlighted in our power series the need for renewable energy as part of the country’s ever-shifting attempts also to negotiate climate change and reduce emissions.
Below, the Dublin Gazette explores the significant union of two groups that would typically be considered to be on opposing sides of the climate conversation; small Irish farmers and Extinction Rebellion Ireland.
Both parties have spoken out about the European Union’s Climate Agricultural Policy’s (CAP) failure to reward farming practices that are compatible with climate action. However, on Tuesday, June 29, the Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue described it as “a balanced CAP”.
Meanwhile, the Environmental Protection Agency met with the Oireachtas Committee on Environment and Climate Action on Tuesday, June 29, to discuss how Ireland can meet its 2030 goal of reducing emissions by 51 per cent.
The agency’s information was based on the emissions projections report it published last week, which warned that Ireland will not be able to meet its 2020 gas emissions targets and measures must be implemented without delay to avoid the same failure in ten years’ time.