Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan told his national convention the transition to a green economy is inevitable and the commitment to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 is non-negotiable .
He told his party conference: “This is what science says we need to do, if we are to prevent uncontrollable climate change. This is ambition at the center of our government agenda.”
Mr Ryan said the transition to a green economy is “inevitable”, adding: “The risk is not in taking action – the real risk is in stepping back and doing nothing at all.”
He added: “It’s an inevitable transition because under the status quo the world will just burn down. The only question is whether we want to change now, or do we want to wait and try to catch up any longer. late when it will cost us dearly, much more. “
However, Ryan argued that fairness would be at the heart of economic change.
He told the convention online: “We need to make sure that no community is left behind. Our safety will only be ensured when our neighbors also feel safe and warm in their own homes.”
Deputy Green Party leader Catherine Martin also spoke during the televised portion of the national conference.
It defended its entry into a coalition with Fianna FÃ¡il and Fine Gael.
She said: âTogether we are a green team that understands the hard work and activism it takes to make change happen – not just to talk about what could or could be in the future, nor to stay. politically safer on the opposition benches. “
Ms. Martin concluded her speech by saying, âWe are exactly where we need to be in this green decade of change. Our time has come.
Regarding Covid-19, Mr Ryan said: âThe situation has worsened in recent days, with the emergence of a new variant of concern. Although worrying, I want to assure you that we will do everything necessary to stop the spread of this virus. new strain. “
Stating that people will have to get used to living with Covid-19, he added: “The only way to stop this disease in its tracks is to have a coordinated global approach.”
Minister to meet with carriers on fuel price issues
Elsewhere, Mr Ryan said he would meet with the transportation association next week to address their concerns about fuel prices.
It comes after a group of Irish truckers and hauliers staged a protest in Dublin during the week calling for cuts in fuel costs at the pump and at home.
Speaking at the party’s annual conference, he said he fully recognizes that while each sector is to play its part, the transport sector finds itself in one of the “most difficult” positions when it comes to it. is about going green.
âThe truth is, over the next decade, there is no immediate fix,â Ryan said. “There won’t be the same electric trucks the same way we will see electric cars almost immediately.”
He added: “We will work with everyone to make sure we can get through this transition.”
Regarding the multibillion-euro plan to renovate hundreds of thousands of homes, the leader of the Green Party said that a new national renovation program will be introduced in January “which will increase subsidies, reduce the cost of loans – will make things easier. “
âIt’s really going to take off, and one of the reasons is that the economy makes sense,â he said.
The minister added that he was “very confident” that although it will take time, the program is about to “accelerate and accelerate”.