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Matthews Welcomes Launch of Climate Conversation 2022

Green TD Steven Matthews is encouraging people in Wicklow to participate in Climate Conversation 2022. This is an online questionnaire which seeks to engage the views of citizens on the issue of climate change and how we can secure a sustainable future. It was launched last week by Deputy Matthews’ Green Party colleague and the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communication, Eamon Ryan TD.

Welcoming Climate Conversation 2022, Deputy Matthews said:

“This is an incredibly important initiative which will inform the Climate Action Plan for 2023. Everyone across society is invited to give their views on a wide range of issues including our local environment, reuse and recycling, sustainable shopping, food and waste, heating our homes and the impacts of climate change. Participants can also consider how actions in each of these areas by individuals, communities and the Government can help us to achieve our legally-binding commitments to halve our carbon emissions by 2030 and become a carbon-neutral country by 2050.

“I would encourage anyone in Wicklow who is interested in climate action to contribute. We need to hear from as many people as possible across all ages and from both urban and rural areas. You don’t need to be an expert to participate, and there are some excellent online resources such as the Government’s Climate Jargon Buster which explain many of the terms and language that are used when discussing climate change and environmental issues.

“Recent reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) highlight the urgency of taking decisive action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We all need to work together to prevent climate breakdown and protect the environment for future generations. This is why the Green Party entered Government, and we will continue to advocate for climate action across all sectors and to ensure a Just Transition where no one is left behind.

“If anyone has questions about the Government’s policies in this area or would like to introduce a local initiative to promote climate action in Wicklow, I would encourage them to get in touch with me directly and I will offer any support I can”, Deputy Matthews concluded.

The online questionnaire for Climate Conversation 2022 is available on the website of the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications. Everyone who is resident in Ireland and aged 16 or older can participate. The closing date for submissions is 9 September 2022.



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