An Eco Rebellion
We are a non-violent direct action group that came together at short notice to support the 'Extinction Rebellion' underway in the UK, and to highlight the need for urgent action on reducing Ireland's carbon footprint and biodiversity loss.
Scientists made clear the implications of continued carbon emissions in 1990, CO2 in the atmosphere has since increased by 60%. You might say then, that those who govern us intend to kill our children and are presently engaged in a crime against humanity. In any democratic society, citizens have not just the right but also a duty to rebel against tyranny.
Despite evidence, despite extreme weather events, despite binding international agreements, the Irish government has continued to fail its people on climate change and biodiversity loss. There is no longer time to waste. We launch our national objective on a Day of Action on November 17th in Dublin, Cork and Galway calling on people from across Irish society to engage in protest and direct action.
We work with any NGOs or political parties that have a progressive vision and dedication to seeing real climate action taken.
We demanded the government acknowledge the recommendations of the Citizen's Assembly and expert groups calling for real action on climate change which until now have been largely ignored by implementing the following:
Acknowledgement of Crisis
The Irish government must acknowledge the seriousness of potential climate breakdown and the urgency to enact mitigation policies. 97% of Citizen Assembly members called for climate change to be at the centre of Irish state policy.
2. Carbon reduction
The government must adopt legally-binding policy measures to make Ireland carbon neutral by 2025 through the reduction of emissions and the protection and growth of carbon sinks such as raised bogs and native woodlands, ending all subsidies on peat extraction (with alternative opportunities for those employed) and a tax on greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture. There should be rewards for the farmer for land management that sequesters carbon.
3. Microgeneration through Community Empowerment
99% of the Citizen Assembly recommended that the State should enable, through legislation, the selling back into the grid of electricity from micro-generation by private citizens (for example energy from solar panels or wind turbines on people’s homes or land) at a price which is at least equivalent to the wholesale price. 100% of members recommended that the State should act to ensure the greatest possible levels of community ownership.
4. Investment in Public Transport
Without serious improvement to Ireland's train, bus and light rail systems, especially outside of Dublin, Ireland cannot seriously expect to reduce its transport carbon emissions. Improved cycling facilities and EV charging stations are also essential to this goal.
5. End Oil and Gas Exploration
An end to all oil and gas exploration and no new pipelines, refineries or import terminals built. We know that our reliance on carbon must end so #KeepItIntheGround
6. STick to Paris climate agreement
The government must meet its treaty obligations under the UNFCCC and recognise the historic responsibility of richer nations for climate change by providing appropriate support and capacity building to enable the transition to clean energy elsewhere.