Climate Change Bill required to alter the law
IT is reassuring that the Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan, in the Assembly, agreed that climate change "exists" and there is a "need to do something about it".
However, I was concerned to hear he doesn't accept the need for a Northern Ireland Climate Change Bill, saying that he favours a "climate change strategy", which wouldn't be legally binding.
This appears to be in direct contradiction to his party manifesto from 2011, which says: "We will strive for ambitious, legally binding greenhouse gas emission reduction targets of 40% by 2020 and 80% by 2050, to be met through a Northern Ireland Climate Change Act. The financial, environmental and social cost of not doing so is simply too huge".
Christian Aid Ireland