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Matthews Calls on Residents to have their say in Climate Action Plan

Green TD Steven Matthews is encouraging people in Wicklow to get involved and have their say on the drafting Wicklow County Council’s first Local Authority Climate Action Plan. The Council has launched a survey online to gather insights from the public on the development of the plan. This proposal will analyse how Wicklow can transform its operations in line with sustainable practices and identify various organisations the council can partner with to achieve its environmental goal.

Speaking about the Climate Action Plan, Deputy Matthews said:

“The move by Wicklow Council to introduce a county wide Climate Action Plan is a hugely positive step in our efforts to reach net carbon zero. The council has set ambitious but necessary emissions targets over the next few years, and I am confident that a comprehensive action plan will help to achieve the reduction of emissions in Wicklow by 51 per cent by 2030 and to create a pathway towards a net zero economy for 2050, ensuring a secure and vibrant future for all in Wicklow.

“It makes perfect sense that Wicklow would be at the forefront of the introduction of climate action plans. We have always led the way on climate issues I was proud to be part of the council’s decision to become the first county to declare a climate emergency. We in Wicklow are incredibly fortunate to be home to some of the most incredible natural biospheres, habitats, and natural landscapes. It is for this reason that we understand the vital importance of protecting the environment for future generations to enjoy.

“I hope that Wicklow’s efforts in the area of environmental sustainability will act as an example to all other local authorities in Ireland and inspire them to make similar efforts. While the Green Party in Government is continuing to make historic climate policy gains, the importance of efforts at a local level cannot be understated. I would encourage everyone in Wicklow to get involved with this process and make sure their voices are heard ,” concluded Deputy Matthews.



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