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‘The window to act on climate change is closing’ says local Senator

Local Senator Pippa Hackett says the time window available for the world to act on climate change is closing rapidly.

The Green Party woman was speaking following the publication of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) assessment on the state of climate change report.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) assessment finds that climate change is widespread, rapid and intensifying.

It also says that many of the changes observed in the climate are unprecedented in thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of years.

And that some of the changes already set in motion – such as continued sea level rise – are irreversible over hundreds to thousands of years.

Senator Hackett said: “This report is as clear as it gets that the window to act on climate change is closing.

“For Ireland the report predicts more intense heatwaves and increased flooding as temperatures rise.

“Some changes are irreversible but I remain an optimist. In this challenge there is opportunity for positive change.

“Today you will hear Scientists and my Government and Party colleagues asking for collective effort at a national, regional and global level; I’m asking for the same collective effort in the Midlands.

“I see many examples where individuals, communities, businesses and state agencies are collaborating and pursuing potential in the transition to a lower carbon economy.

“I welcome this and will support wherever I can. This will see tangible improvements to our quality of life, to the air we breathe, to our daily commute, to jobs being created.

“To those who are not addressing Climate Change I say failure to review what we do in our own backyards is contributing to devastating consequences, both at home and for those vulnerable populations globally who have done the least to cause the problem.”

The Irish Government recently passed the Climate Act which puts Ireland on a path to net-zero emissions by 2050 at the latest.

Minister for State Hackett said: “The Climate Action Plan that we will publish soon will set out what we need to do this decade, including changes in how we generate our energy, get around, heat our homes, grow our food and look after our land.

“I am encouraging people to see the many positives in this need to change. In many ways these are both scary and exciting times.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.