North Clare Climate Activist Says People Are ‘Subsidising Their Own Demise’ Ahead Of Taoiseach COP26 Address

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A North Clare climate activist says Irish people are ‘subsidising their own demise’ by continuing to rely on fossil fuels.

It comes as the Taoiseach is set to address the COP26 summit in Glasgow later, with Ireland set to sign a global pledge for a 30 percent cut in methane emissions.


Micheál Martin will address Cop26 in Glasgow this afternoon to set out Ireland’s plans for addressing its emissions.

He’s expected to commit to a significant increase in overseas aid for climate mitigation efforts to the sum of 225 million euro.

It’s after world leaders reached a deal to reverse deforestation – the first big agreement to come from the summit.

100 world leaders have made the commitment – covering 85-percent of the Earth’s woodland – by 2030.

Taoiseach Micheal Martin says he’s more hopeful than he was this time last year that meaningful action can be taken to stop climate change.

Despite the Taoiseach’s high hopes, a member of Futureproof Clare believes continued investment in fossil fuels is subsidising the demise of the human race.

Lisdoonvarna-based member of the Clare Environmental Network, Theresa O’ Donohue, says the current course the earth’s temperature is taking could ‘destroy humanity’.

She believes the move away from unsustainable fuels needs to be accelerated further than is being suggested.

A Clare Government Senator though is optimistic that Ireland can still meet its climate targets by 2030.

The key objective of the COP26 meeting is for an agreement to be reached between countries on phasing out coal, encouraging investment in renewables and speeding up the switch to electric vehicles.

Green Party Senator Róisín Garvey insists it’s possible to wean ourselves off fossil within the next ten years.

Micheál Martin will address the conference later today.