Ireland as a Leader Tackling Climate Change – Citizens Assembly

The first meeting of the Citizens Assembly considering “How the State can make Ireland a leader in Tacking Climate Change” has finished. It was a very interesting couple of days with the citizens asking pretty logical, normal questions of the expert panels. It was also great to be able to watch it live streamed and recorded.

Lots of suggestions about where to start and how to act were discussed and I’d recommend watching the recordings. You can view the recordings including the questions and answer sessions here. They are all very good and I couldn’t recommend any over the other! It’s worth watching them in sequence as the climate situation comes first.

You can find the papers and presentations from the guest speakers here.

The consultation on the development and design of a new Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) came up a few times and it’s really worth making a submission to this policy. I am a big fan of Marie Donnelly’s vision and she had some great insight into ways this could work for the citizens during the Q&A session so it may be worth watching that here. She shares what happens in Portugal which benefits the citizens who want to act. Starts at 14.40mins. The consultation will remain open until 4pm on Friday 3rd November 2017.

Paul Kenny of the Tipperary Energy Agency mentioned the need to engage the Energy Citizen. The recording of his presentation is here. He claims that Irelands citizens are currently excluded from benefiting from the energy transition. He’s dead right. As I have been blogging about for years – it’s very pro industry.

You can watch the follow up sessions next month at http://live.citizensassembly.ie/

I leave you with the closing image used by Laura Burke of the EPA. If only politicians got it!

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Theresa O’Donohoe

1st October 2017

 


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