What can you do ?

Climate change as a consequence of global warming is now with us, and the sooner we act the less damage will be done to our society, economy and environment, and to us. The national policy position for Climate Change establishes a vision for Ireland of low-carbon by 2050 (80% reductions on 1990 emmissions) across the electricity generation, built environment and transport sectors; and in parallel, an approach to carbon neutrality in the agriculture and land use sectors, including forestry.


There are two broad areas of change responsibility that we all need to embrace. These are through 1) Climate Change Mitigation, and 2) Climate Change Adaptation. Mitigation is about changing how we live, move, consume and manufacture so as to reduce and/or eliminate the production of harmful greenhouse gases: and it includes how we best use our land. Adaptation refers to dealing with the expected impacts of climate change and involves taking practical actions to manage risks, protect communities and strengthen the resilience of the economy (e.g. from sea level rise).


Advice and Information on Climate Change and you:

WHOWHAT & HOW
ALL

It is everyone’s responsibility.  Many little changes and actions add up to be significant.  Fundamentally it is about the choices you make in how you live, move, consume and produce.  In many cases the changes are no-cost behavioural ones, some require small investment with quick returns, and others will require longer term investment.  We will have to stop doing certain things and do other things differently.  The mitigation required is not just about energy but also goes to the management of greenhouse gases associated with land use, food production and consumption, and industrial gases.  We cannot do much about natural sources and forms of global warming gases (e.g. volcanoes, water vapour), however we can address those associated with fossil fuels and land use.

www.irelandsenvironment.ie
www.climateireland.ie
www.BeGreen.ie 
www.change.ie 
www.met.ie/publications/IrelandinaWarmerWorld.pdf

HOUSEHOLDER

Reduce the carbon intensity of your homes and your lifestyles. Evolve from unsustainable lifestyles that are individualistic and that value conspicuous consumption. See link on how to ‘Live Green’. See the United Nations Lazy Persons 3-Level guide to Living Sustainably. Level 1 - Sofa Superstar; Level 2 – Household Hero; and , Level 3 – Neighbourly Nice.

www.LiveGreen.ie
http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/takeaction/
www.greenhome.ie

BUSINESS

Improve your resource efficiency throughout your enterprise. Know your carbon intensity and mitigate it.  Invest to become sustainably competitive and cease production of harmful or unsustainable goods and services.

www.greenbusiness.ie 
www.climateireland.ie 
www.smartfarming.ie 
www.epa.ie/climate/calculators/

LOCAL AUTHORITIES & AGENCIES

Delivering public services in the most resource efficient manner.  Being a public good in leading the way and enabling sustainable communities through excellence in land-use and town planning, public transport, and the provision of appropriate supports.

www.climateireland.ie
www.localprevention.ie 
www.greenhealthcare.ie

SCHOOLS

Education and knowledge are key to delivering change.  The predicted impacts of climate change in 2100 will be within the lifetime of todays children. 

www.greenschools.ie

GOVERNMENT

Put Climate Change and Sustainable Development at the centre of national policy development.  Strive for integrated policy development across departments and functions and avoid negative environmental externalities of poorly planned policy interventions. Eliminate environmentally harmful subsidies.  Take the long term view embracing multiple electoral cycles.  Plan, and most importantly, implement.  Governed people must be enabled and encouraged to make sustainable choices.  National and Departmental budgeting must provide appropriate finance to deliver on national Mitigation Plans and the National Adaptation Framework, and the State must support intergovernmental climate change processes, including international Climate Finance measures that aim to support developing countries to undertake mitigation and adaptation activities in the long term.

www.climateireland.ie
www.epa.ie/researchandeducation/research/researchpillars/climate/
www.ec.europa.eu/clima/index_en 
http://unfccc.int/focus/climate_finance/items/7001.php