CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION in NEWRY MOURNE AND DOWN

CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION in NEWRY MOURNE AND DOWN
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Newry Mourne and Down’s Local Development Plan to 2030 went out for consultation in June 2018 and the consultation closed on 24th August 2018. The Development Plan is minimalistic in dealing with climate change. It notes the lack of National Government targets and uncertainty over the future of renewable targets. It comments that “there is no system-wide need for further renewable energy being connected to the grid” (key issue 18). The plan acknowledges that the Council has 160 kilometers of coastline, but there are no plans to deal with sea-level rise in the document.

In October 2018 the UN announced that we have 12 years to save the planet, calculate scientists in the starkest warning yet that our chances of tackling climate change and averting disaster are slipping away. They said 2030 would be too late to avoid a 2% rise in global temperatures and climate catastrophe. The UN says action by government actors would need to be taken now. Westminster is paralyzed by Brexit and Stormont is not sitting,.

In view of this, and the UN’s Climate Change warnings for 2030, Council declares a ‘Climate Change Emergency’. The Council must embark on a root and branch review of the 2030 Newry, Mourne and Down Development Plan to deal with rising sea levels, the need to transition to 100% renewable energy, the infrastructure for electrification of transport over the next 10 years and how our District can command a strategic advantage in being a major producer of renewable energy on the Island of Ireland to bring large numbers of well-paid jobs to the area and boost the commercial rates of the Council from new renewable installations in our area.