TU Dublin Grangegorman, Grangegorman Lower, Arran Quay, Dublin.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and cabinet colleagues launch the Government’s ‘Climate Action Plan to Tackle Climate Breakdown’.
The Government aims to bring 950,000 electric vehicles into circulation as part of the Climate Action Plan, which has been published this afternoon.
It also plans to introduce legislation to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2030, and to roll out a nationwide charging system for electric vehicles.
Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton described the plan as “ambitious but realistic”.
He said it identified how Ireland would achieve its 2030 targets for carbon emissions, and put the country “on a trajectory to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050”.
Climate Action Plan ‘ambitious but realistic’ (RTÉ)
Yesterday’s Extinction Rebellion’ protest outside Leinster House
A tipping point?
First thing I ask myself when I see a protest is “how sane do these people look”. And this crowd did not pass the test. And why would you make a load of signs that just have cryptic symbols on them? That’s completely contrary to the point of a big sign….
A graphic but essential warning of impending doom?
Or gooey fear porn?
The choice if yours.
Yesterday: Bad Blood
Kildare Street, Dublin 2
‘Extinction Rebellion’ climate activists stage a fake blood-soaked protest involving 10 ‘Innocents’ dressed in white overalls representing ‘innocent children’ at risk from climate change.
Cows cool off in County Cavan in the summer of 2017
Máire Geary is of course correct to point out that those who adopt a vegan diet “should be mindful of where food is sourced and grown when adopting this type of diet” because of the contribution of the relevant “food miles” to environmental harm.
It is indeed the case that vegans consume foods “not grown in Ireland and imported from long distances”.
However, the implication that vegans are significantly different in this respect from their fellow citizens is difficult to accept. Ireland is a country where more than 90 per cent of the agricultural land is used for grazing livestock.
Predictably, in order to give citizens even a moderately balanced diet, we have to import large amounts of nearly everything that is not meat and dairy. Indeed much of the crops we do produce are grown as feed for animals.
Those trying to reduce or eliminate their intake of animal products may not have emission-free diets, but at least they can hope that their behaviour will begin to change the pattern of demand, and that more than a tiny fraction of that glorious Irish soil will be used to grow some vegetables.
Climate change and veganism (The Irish Times letters page)
Pic: Lorraine Teevan
At the Shearwater Hotel in Ballinasloe, Co Galway.
A reported 1,200 beef farmers from across Ireland gathered for a Beef Summit which was attended by the Minister for Agriculture and Cork Fine Gael TD Michael Creed (above).
The Irish Farmers Journal is reporting that Mr Creed told those gathered that demand for livestock-based products will be affected by public concerns about climate change, biodiversity, diet and health.
“I think it is time for the beef sector to fight back on these issues. Denial or retribution will not make the fight effective.
“It has to be about the positive story of Irish beef. That is a story of a very natural way of producing beef, on temperate grasslands punctuated by trees and hedgerows and peatlands. It is also a story about farm families, caring for the land in a way that takes account of Mother Nature.”
Meanwhile, also last night but back in Dublin…
Beef Summit: ‘It is time for the beef sector to fight back’ – Creed (Irish Farmers Journal)
Previously: Meeting Is Murder
Charlotte Lennon tweetz:
#ClimateStrike #ClimateChange @GretaThunberg my youngest at our school strike in Celbridge Ireland @campaignforleo are you listening?
Lorna Gold tweetz:
History is gone. Let’s make future. #FridaysForFuture (photo: Maynooth Educate Together School, Ireland).
Nellie Tattersall tweetz:
Pupils and parents at NKETNS, Celbridge
Stuart Neilson tweetz:
School climate warriors assembling for the march from Opera House to City Hall.
School children across Ireland, and the world, are going on ‘strike’ to demonstrate about climate change.
It follows Swedish student Greta Thunberg, 16, who started hosting Friday protests outside the Swedish parliament eight months ago.
Students stage school strikes over climate change (RTE)
At Dublin’s Stephen Green.
On Molesworth Street, Dublin 2.
Via Philip Bromwell
Via Ber Grogan
Top four pics: Rollingnews
Outside Leinster House.
Members of People Before Profit and supporters hold a protest about climate change ahead of a Dáil committee’s debate about the party’s Climate Emergency Measures Bill.
Outside the Dáil.
Children gathered to protest against climate change.
Pics: Aisling Kenny and Siobhan de Paor (top)