Climate activists in Clare have given a mixed reaction to Cop26, as the summit comes to a close today.
Ireland joined the ‘Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance’ which is made up of countries who want to phase out the production of oil and gas.
The new draft deal at the Cop26 climate summit is getting a mixed reaction, after a watering down around the language of the phasing out of fossil fuels.
It calls for countries to accelerate the phasing out of “inefficient subsidies” and “unabated” use of coal-fuelled power stations.
An earlier document demanded stronger action.
Environment Minister Eamon Ryan would have liked it to go further.
A member of the Clare Environmental Network has given a cautious welcome to the summit saying there’s a renewed sense of urgency in tackling climate issues.
Lisdoonvarna’s Theresa O’Donoghue says changes around the phasing out of fossil fuels are welcome, but more needs to be done.
It’s expected negotiations will continue into tomorrow before an agreement is reached.
Meanwhile, a young Clare climate activist has hit out over a lack of acessibility for young people at the summit.
Saoirse Exton from O’Briensbridge, believes it was a waste of time being there.