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Stop climate chaos

Concern, as part of a unique coalition of Irish agencies, sets out demands to government and political parties to address climate change.

A coalition of Ireland’s main development and civil society organisations today launched a campaign to "Stop Climate Chaos", calling on government and political parties to ensure that Ireland does its fair share to prevent climate change. The campaign aims to mobilise public support throughout Ireland in order to generate much needed political action to meet this global challenge.

Common vision

The coalition, whose founding members include Concern, Friends of the Earth, Trócaire and others, has come together with a common vision – a world where human impact on the global climate has been contained to a level that enables social, environmental and economic justice for all.

Key demands

At today’s launch, the Stop Climate Chaos campaign set out three key demands for change to the government and opposition parties:

Ensure Ireland does its fair share to prevent climate chaos by immediately bringing in a climate change law, which provides for an annual carbon budget and three percent year on year reductions in Irish green house gas emissionsPush for an international agreement to keep the rise in global temperatures to two degrees Celsius or less. Meaning that global greenhouse gas emissions must reach their peak and begin to decline irreversibly within 10 yearsSupport developing countries to adapt to the unavoidable effects of climate change

Online information

A website, www.stopclimatechaos.ie, was also launched at the event. It contains valuable information on how the public can call on election candidates for action, information on the coalition and their goals in tackling climate change and how individuals can make changes themselves.

Tom Arnold, Chief Executive of Concern Worldwide, noted, "developing countries have contributed least to the crisis of global warming yet it is these countries that will be worst hit. Industrialised countries, on the other hand, bear the historical responsibility for causing climate change and should be to the fore in resolving this challenge."

Listen to Tom Arnold talk about the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition on Morning Ireland on RTE Radio 1